Colorado Holds Off Kansas, 1-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Despite outshooting the visiting Buffaloes 20-7, including 14-2 in the second half, Kansas fell for the first time at home this season, 1-0 to Colorado Sunday on a chilly day at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The Buffaloes stay in first place in the Big 12 Conference with a 5-2 record and an 8-7 mark overall, while Kansas falls to 1-4 in league play and 9-5-1 overall.
On Sunday, the Jayhawks edged the visitors in nearly every statistical category – except the score.
CU recorded the lone tally of the match in the 16th minute as Erin Bricker carried the ball through a host of defenders and beat the goalkeeper 1-v-1 with a shot to the far post at 15:38. It was Bricker’s first goal of the season.
Following the goal, Kansas turned up the intensity, and outshot the Buffaloes 17-6 over the final 74 minutes of action. The Jayhawks had three golden opportunities to tie the match in the second half.
In the 50th minute, sophomore Emily Cressy chipped a shot towards the net from the far corner of the box that hit the crossbar. Later in the half, freshman Whitney Berry collected a pass from the near side of the box, made a move around a defender and fired a shot from 14 yards out, however CU goalkeeper Kara Linder made a sprawling save to keep the Jayhawks scoreless.
In the 81st minute, Berry again found space, however her shot from the top of the box also banged off the crossbar and back out.
Linder made four saves to record her fifth shutout of the season. She withstood 20 shots from the Jayhawks, however just four on net.
Berry led the Kansas attack with five shots, while Monica Dolinsky and Caitlin Noble each tallied three. Kansas also held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
KU will look to bounce back on Friday when it embarks on its final road trip of the regular season. The Jayhawks will face Oklahoma at 7 p.m., in Norman, Okla.