Kansas Soccer Earns 2-2 Draw with No. 23 Oklahoma State

LAWRENCE, Kan. –¬†Senior Nicole Cauzillo scored a goal and tallied an assist, while sophomore Shannon McCabe recorded her second goal of the season as Kansas played a 2-2 tie with 23rd-ranked Oklahoma State Friday evening at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

The Jayhawks move to 3-8-3 overall, and 1-1-2 in Big 12 play, while the Cowgirls go to 8-3-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the conference.

Kansas took leads in both the first and second half, but could not hold on.

“It’s a little disappointing that we didn’t finish the job,” head coach Mark Francis said. “We just have to regroup and hope for a better result on Sunday.”

The Jayhawks took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute as McCabe scored on a feed from Cauzillo. The senior midfielder collected a pass, dribbled to the top of the box and fired a pass to the far side of the box, where McCabe touched once and fired a shot past the keeper to the far post. It was the sophomore’s second goal of the season.

OSU tied the score 15 minutes later on a Siera Strawser goal.

In the second half, KU once again took the lead as Cauzillo finished a Monica Dolinsky corner kick. After OSU was whistled for a foul 35 yards out, Dolinsky sent the free kick deep into the box, where Cauzillo used her shoulder to deflect the ball in at 58:15. It was the senior’s team-leading fourth goal of the season.

Once again, the Cowgirls answered. This time, Yolanda Odenyo tapped in a cross from Kasey Langdon on the far post in the 71st minute.

Neither team was able to score for the rest of regulation or in either overtime period.

KU goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made five saves, while OSU keeper Erin Stigler also made five stops.

Cauzillo and McCabe led the offensive effort for KU, combining for six shots on net and both goals.

The tie was the third of the season for KU, the most in program history. It was also the Jayhawks’ fifth overtime contest of the season, which ties for the most in program history.

The Jayhawks will look to bounce back Sunday when they play host to Oklahoma in another Big 12 showdown, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.