Jayhawk Offense Silent in 1-0 Loss to Texas
AUSTIN, Texas – The Jayhawks were only able to collect a season-low three shots on goal as the Texas Longhorns handed KU their second-straight 1-0 loss Sunday afternoon inside Mike A. Myers Stadium.
Kansas, who dropped their second game in a row for the first time this year, falls to 8-6-2 on the year and 2-4 in the Big 12. The Longhorns moved to 7-7-1 in 2012 and are now 4-1-0 in league play.
For the fourth-consecutive match, Kansas found themselves playing from behind for the majority of the match. Texas’ Brooke Gilbert opened up the scoring in the 34th minute with her score following a corner kick. The UT sophomore put in her first goal of the season after the Jayhawks were unable to clear a loose ball in front of the KU net. Her shot from five yards out gave the Longhorns the early advantage, which would prove to be the game-winner.
KU looked to play with more urgency after the intermission, coming out of the lockerroom with three scoring opportunities within the opening five minutes of the half. UT’s defense again locked the Jayhawks own though, forcing Kansas to take just four shots in the final 40 minutes.
The Jayhawks were again forced to scramble for the tying goal in the final moments of the match. Perhaps their most promising opportunity of the day came in the 84th minute when forward Courtney Dickerson found space on the near side of the UT penalty box. The freshman crossed to a streaking Caroline Kastor, whose right-footed shot attempt went just wide right of the Texas frame.
The Longhorns played keep away from there on out, closing out the win and handing the Jayhawks their fifth shoutout of the season.
It was also a tough first half offensively for the Jayhawks has they were able to amass a season-low two shots in the opening 45 minutes. Kastor had the lone shot on goal in the first half, a hard right-footed strike from the top of the 18-yard box. However, UT’s freshman goalkeeper, Abby Smith, was there for her first of three saves.
The junior, Kastor, went on to collect all three of the Jayhawks’ shots on goal and also led the team with five total shots for the match. Senior Whitney Berry was the only other Jayhawk to get into the shots column, with three for the game. Sophomore Caitlyn Stroud notched her seventh start in goal for KU, amassing two saves and moving her season’s record to 3-4-0.
Kansas returns to the friendly confines of the Jayhawk Soccer Complex when the Jayhawks play host their final two conference matches of the year. KU will start the weekend with a matchup versus the Iowa State Cyclones at 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 and will return to the pitch Sunday to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders at 1 p.m.
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