Jayhawks Cruise Past Texas Tech, 4-1
LUBBOCK, Texas – Sophomore Kim Boyer scored a pair of goals, while senior Nicole Cauzillo added a goal and an assist as the Kansas soccer team earned a historic 4-1 victory over Texas Tech Sunday afternoon at Fuller Stadium.
The win was the 100th at the University of Kansas for head coach Mark Francis. The ninth year head coach becomes the fifth soccer coach to amass 100 victories at a Big 12 school.
Francis’ Jayhawks improved to 3-8-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the conference while the Red Raiders fall to 3-6-1 and 1-3 in the Big 12.
Just as it did Friday the KU offense came out firing in the first half, scoring three goals in the first 39 minutes of play.
In the 26th minute, the Jayhawks broke a scoreless tie as Cauzillo tallied her third goal of the season. The senior midfielder used her left foot to deflect a Shannon mccabe cross in from five yards out. Junior Jessica Bush started the play, finding McCabe down the near sideline.
Seven minutes later, Cauzillo struck again, this time finding Boyer with a cross after the Texas Tech defense had knocked down her initial corner kick. Boyer used her head to direct the ball past Red Raider goalkeeper Tina Rincon on the near side of the goal.
Boyer scored her second goal of the match six minutes later. After a KU goal kick, the Texas Tech defense misplayed a ball at 30 yards out and it found a streaking Boyer, who beat the keeper one-on-one with a shot to the far post. The three first half goals were the most by KU in a single half since it scored four times in the second half against No. 12 Duke last season on Sept. 10.
After Tech cut the lead to 3-1 in the 83rd minute, Kansas responded as freshman Kaitlyn Cunningham tallied her first collegiate goal at 83:27. The freshman forward gathered a misplayed ball at midfield and beat the keeper for KU’s fourth goal of the match. It marked the first time the Jayhawks have scored as many as four goals in a match since they defeated Missouri 4-0 on Oct. 15 of last season.
Kansas scored on four of its five shots on net while senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made eight saves to earn her third victory of the season.
Boyer led the offense with three shots, while Cunningham added two shots for a balanced KU attack.
The Jayhawks will look to keep their momentum going as they play host nationally ranked Oklahoma State next Friday at 4 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.