Kansas Soccer to Face Texas Tech in Friday Night Lights Matchup

Oct. 13, 2010

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Kicking Off

Kansas soccer will take on Texas Tech under the lights of the John Walker Soccer Complex Friday night, at 7 p.m., to open weekend action. The Jayhawks will then return home to the friendly confines of the Jayhawk Soccer Complex Sunday, when they host Baylor at 1 p.m., for the final home Big 12 match of 2010.

Weekend Recap: Oklahoma Schools Down KU

The Jayhawks went 0-2 last weekend against Big 12 foes Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. The weekend started off with a battle against the No. 7-ranked Cowgirls. Only 18 shots were recorded between the two teams, as both defenses dominated. But an early mistake led to an OSU goal, and the Cowgirls tacked on an insurance goal in the second half. The lead held up, and KU fell 2-0.

Sunday against Oklahoma, KU’s rally to match Oklahoma’s early three-goal output fell short. Caitlin Noble scored the lone goal for the Jayhawks, her second of the season, helping KU to avoid the shutout in a 3-1 defeat.

Tech Game to be Live Streamed

Friday night’s game against Texas Tech will be live streamed through the Red Raiders’ website. The free broadcast can be accessed here.

Liebetrau, Noble to Make TV Debut

Senior defender Caitlin Noble and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau will appear on Monday’s edition of Jayhawk Sports Talk Live. The show will air live at 5:30 p.m. CST, on KUJH-TV Lawrence.

Scouting the Red Raiders

Texas Tech has enjoyed a solid season, landing at No. 22 in the most recent RPI report. Coming into this weekend at 9-5-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the Big 12, the Raider’s .600 shutout percentage ranks 12th in Division I, and their nine shutouts this season sets a new school record. Jessica Fuston’s 14 points (six goals, two assists) leads the team as well as her 38 shots and 21 shots on goal. Taylor Lytle and Dawn Ward each have 10 points with four goals and two assists, but Lytle has been clutch for the Red Raiders this season, scoring three game-winners, which is third in the conference. Goalkeepers Colleen Pitts and Erin Wikelius have split time between the posts, combining for a 0.98 goals against average mark that is good enough for fourth in the Big 12.

Kansas vs. Texas Tech All-Time

The Jayhawks hold the advantage in the all-time series, leading the Red Raiders 11-3-1. They last met in San Antonio, in the 2009 Big 12 Championship tournament, where they played to a 1-1 draw before KU eliminated Texas Tech on penalty kicks. Kansas has not lost in Lubbock since 2003.

Scouting the Bears

Carrying a 9-3-1 record into this weekend, Baylor is having its best season in nine years. The Bears are currently tied for the conference lead in goals (37) with Nebraska and are also tied with the Huskers for second in the Big 12 in goals per match (2.47) and third in assists and assists per match (30 assists, 2.00 per match). A total of 16 players have scored for Baylor this season, with eight of those scoring multiple goals, bringing balance to the lineup and depth on the bench. Lisa Sliwinski has found the net seven times to lead the team, while Dana Larsen (six goals, two assists) and Hannah Gilmore (5 goals, three assists) are not far behind. The Bears’ defense has held pat this season, allowing just 12 goals with a 0.83 GAA, which is just behind Oklahoma State’s top conference mark.

Kansas vs. Baylor All-Time

The all-time series is tied at 6-6-1 between Kansas and Baylor. In the last meeting, the Bears scored in double overtime for a 2-1 win, last year in Waco, Texas.

Saved by Liebetrau

Goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the week Sept. 14, after a stellar weekend between the posts in UNLV’s Rebel Classic. Liebetrau allowed only a single goal and registered 17 saves in matches against CS Northridge and Oregon. The redshirt-sophomore recorded her second shutout of the season and made 11 saves in KU’s 1-0 win over Oregon. With 81 saves, Liebetrau continues to lead the Big 12 in total saves and saves per game (5.79). Her .786 save percentage is also seventh in the conference. In the first week of the season, Liebetrau set a new career-high when she recorded 15 saves at Georgia. Her total against the Bulldogs was the fourth-highest total recorded in Division I this season.

Climbing the Ranks

Emily Cressy’s game-winning goal against Texas was the 11th of her career, which moves her into second place all-time in Kansas’ 15-year program history. The junior forward now has 23 career goals and needs just one more to surpass former teammate Monica Dolinky’s mark for third all-time. Goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau also occupies the No. 5 spot in career saves with 128. Sophomore forward Whitney Berry currently has 12 career assists and needs just two more to crack KU’s top-10.

On the Radar

Berry was recently named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s list of the top 20 players in the Big 12. The All-Big 12 selection was named the 15th-best player to watch this season in the conference. The Wichita native had a strong freshman campaign scoring six goals and assisting in nine, for a new Kansas freshman record in assist. Berry was third on the team with 21 points.

KU Picked Eighth

The Jayhawks were picked to finish in eighth place in the Big 12 in the preseason coaches’ poll. Texas A&M was picked as the preseason favorite, receiving 95 points and eight first-place votes. Last season, the Jayhawks went 12-8-2 overall and 4-6 in Big 12 play to tie for seventh. Oklahoma State, the defending conference champ, was picked to finish fourth.