Vidal Scores Game-Winner in Overtime to Lead Jayhawks
OMAHA, Neb. – Freshman Ingrid Vidal recorded her fourth game-winning goal as she helped lead the Jayhawks past the Creighton Bluejays 2-1 in overtime on Sunday afternoon. Vidal’s goal, her team-leading 10th of the season, came in the third minute of the first overtime period off an assist from fellow freshman forward Jamie Fletcher.
This marked the fourth game this year that KU has played extra time and the Jayhawks are now 3-1 in overtime games this season. With the win, KU improved to 9-6 overall while Creighton fell to 7-5-1 on the season.
Kansas caught a break during the first minute of overtime as Creighton had two shots hit the crossbar but Kansas’ defense was able to clear the rebound both times to prevent a Bluejay goal.
Kansas jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when sophomore defender Shannon Renner ran down the sideline and crossed it into the box where she found Fletcher who turned and fired it into the goal just 2:39 into the match. For Fletcher, it was her sixth goal of the season while the assist from Renner was her first of the season.
Later in the first half, Andrea Zuniga for Creighton found herself in a one-on-one with KU goalie, Kaitlyn Stroudbut Stroud made a sliding kick save to preserve the lead for KU. Just minutes later Zuniga again had a shot at goal but just missed wide left.
Fletcher had a great opportunity to pick up her second goal of the match, but a great save by Creighton goal keeper, Alicia Montgomery kept the score 1-0 late in the first half.
Montgomery made two more great saves in the 57thminute to deny the Jayhawks from scoring. Vidal caught a rebound after a save on a junior Whitney Berry shot, but Montgomery quickly stifled the scoring opportunity.
Stroud would have another save opportunity of her own to keep the Bluejays off the board as she made a diving stop off a deflected shot by Lauren Cingoranelli in the 63rd minute.
The Bluejays finally broke through to tie the game in the 85th minute as Beth Fyles weaved through traffic in the box and found the back left corner of the net that eventually would force overtime.
Kansas is on the road for the second game of a four-game road trip on Friday, Oct. 14 as the Jayhawks travel toLubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7 p.m.