Jayhawks Return Home For Baylor, Texas Tech

Oct. 17, 2006

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The University of Kansas soccer team (9-6, 4-3 in Big 12) returns to the Jayhawk Soccer Complex for its final homestand of the regular season. KU will play host to conference foes Baylor on Friday at 3 p.m., and Texas Tech, Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday’s match will be broadcast on KUJH-TV. The match will also feature Youth Day by the KU Marketing Department. All students in eighth grade or lower will receive admission for $2.

Baylor finds itself in the midst of a chase for a spot in the Big 12 Tournament. At 3-4 in the conference (6-8-1 overall), the Bears are on pace to qualify for the eight-team Big 12 Tournament for the first time since 2001. Last weekend, BU took another step closer with a 2-1 win against Oklahoma to move within one point of fifth-place in the league.

Senior Anna Schuch leads the team with five goals and four assists (14 points), while fellow senior Missy McConnell is second with four goals and two assists. Junior goalkeeper Ashley Holder has started every match for the Bears this season and has a 1.52 goals against average and a .783 save percentage with four shutouts.

Head coach George Van Linder is in his fourth season at BU and has a 24-38-7 record at the school. His team returns six starters and 13 letterwinners from last year’s 4-12-2 team. Baylor leads the all-time series with KU, 5-4 with one tie. However, the Bears have not won in Lawrence since 1996. The Jayhawks took last year’s meeting, 1-0, on Sept. 23.

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Whether Texas Tech (6-9-2, 1-5-1 in Big 12) qualifies for the conference tournament or not, this season will be considered a success for the Red Raiders. With six victories to this point this season, Texas Tech has improved on last year’s 1-18 mark by leaps and bounds. The team is coming off perhaps its most impressive result of the season, tying No. 12 Oklahoma State, 2-2, last Sunday.

Freshman forward Brittney Harrison leads the team with nine goals and two assists. Her 20 points rank as the fourth-most in the Big 12 this season. She is one of eight Red Raiders with two assists on the year. Redshirt sophomore Tina Rincon has started every match for TTU in net and has a 1.31 goals against average and a .773 save percentage with three shutouts.

Head coach Neil McGuire is in his second year with the Red Raiders and has a record of 7-27-2. Texas Tech returns three starters and eight letterwinners from last year’s team. KU leads the all-time series with the Red Raiders, 7-3, including 4-0 in matches played in Lawrence. The Jayhawks won last year’s meeting 4-0 in Lubbock on Oct. 14.

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KU swept a pair of road matches last weekend, downing Iowa State, 2-0 on Friday and Border Showdown rival Missouri, 4-0 on Sunday.

Freshman Monica Dolinsky tallied two goals and two assists while sophomore Jessica Bush recorded a pair of goals as the University of Kansas blanked Missouri, 4-0, Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. Dolinsky’s six points in the match ties her for the second-most in team history. Five other Jayhawks have accomplished the feat, including Jessica Smith, who had a four-point match against Oklahoma State last season.

Bush and freshman Shannon McCabe tallied goals, while goalkeeper Julie Hanley made a career-high nine saves for her fifth shutout of the season as the University of Kansas blanked Iowa State, 2-0 Friday evening at the ISU Soccer Complex.

For the second time this season, the Kansas soccer team will have a game televised. This time, KUJH-TV, a student-run television station, will broadcast Friday’s contest with Baylor on their station (Channel 31 in Lawrence) Saturday afternoon. Two weeks ago, national cable network CSTV televised KU’s 1-0 loss to No. 18 Texas. This week’s broadcast will feature Rustin Dodd and Mark Dent on the call.

Three University of Kansas soccer players have earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for matches played Oct. 13-15. Sophomore midfielder Jessica Bush (Offensive), goalkeeper Julie Hanley (Defensive) and freshman Monica Dolinsky (Newcomer) all captured player of the week recognition for the first time this season.

This marks the first time that one school has swept the conference’s weekly awards since the Big 12 started honoring three student-athletes each week in 2000.

In her first experience with the Border Showdown rivalry, freshman Monica Dolinsky did not disappoint. The 5-foot-5 freshman enjoyed her best match to date, tallying two goals and two assists to become just the sixth player in KU soccer history to record six or more points in a single match.

Dolinsky, who started season with four goals in her first five contests, now leads the team with six goals and four assists (16 points) this season. Her six-point contest ranks as the top single-match total in the Big 12 this season.

Sophomore Jessica Bush enjoyed quite a weekend as well, scoring the game-winning goal in both of KU’s wins to give her three deciding tallies on the season. All three of her game-winning goals have come against Big 12 opponents.

Bush also enjoyed the first two-goal match of her career, scoring twice against Missouri on Sunday. In two career contests against KU’s archrivals, Bush now has five points, adding an assist on the game-tying goal in last season’s 3-2 overtime win over MU. The 5-foot-2 sophomore is currently second on the team and tied for ninth in the league with four goals this season.

Sunday afternoons have brought out the best in the Kansas soccer team this season. Despite a 1-0 loss to No. 8 Texas A&M on Oct. 8, the Jayhawks have won six of their first seven matches played on Sunday. In KU’s six Sunday wins, four of them have been shutout victories.

Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Hanley has proven to be one of the best goalkeepers in the Big 12 this season, holding her opponents to an 0.93 goals against average. Her numbers only get better in league play as the 5-foot-9 keeper has the best goals against average (0.43) and save percentage (.900) in conference matches this season. She also ranks second in the league in shutouts with three in seven Big 12 contests.

Scoring early has been a staple of KU’s success this season. Of the team’s nine wins, eight of them have come when the Jayhawks score first and five have come when the team leads at the intermission. KU’s only win when it did not score first came against No. 12 Duke on Sept. 10.

KU will honor its seniors in the team’s final match of the regular season next Friday at 3 p.m., when the team plays host to Colorado at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.