Kansas Soccer Upends No. 6 Texas A&M, 1-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Shannon McCabe scored her third goal of the season, while goalkeeper Julie Hanley made three saves for her fourth shutout of the year as Kansas blanked 6th-ranked Texas A&M, 1-0 in a Big 12 soccer match at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex Friday evening.
The Jayhawks, who stopped a three-game winless streak, improve to 9-5-1 overall and 3-3-1 in the Big 12, while Texas A&M falls to 12-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in the conference.
McCabe’s bad angle shot in the 29th minute proved to be the difference in a back-and-forth contest. The junior collected a pass from midfielder Monica Dolinsky along the far side of the box and blasted a high shot to the back post that bent into the net from nine yards out. It was McCabe’s third goal of the season – and likely the most important.
The junior has now scored against No. 10 Florida and No. 6 Texas A&M this season.
Throughout the final 61 minutes, the Aggies tried valiantly to record the equalizer, but to no avail. KU’s defense became the second team to blank Texas A&M this season.
The Aggies’ best chance to tie likely came in the 41st minute when Beth West’s blast from the near side of the box rattled off the post.
Texas A&M also caught a break early in the second half, when again McCabe broke free and beat goalkeeper Kelly Dyer with a shot on the short side that hit the post. The Aggies outshot the home team 17-9 in the match, but managed just three shots on net – all of which were stopped by Hanley.
The redshirt junior controlled the box throughout most of the contest, to earn her 13th career shutout, and first over a ranked team since blanking then-No. 20 Purdue in the first match of the season, Aug. 22.
The sixth-ranked Aggies are the highest ranked team that the Jayhawks have beaten in the 14-year history of the program. Previously, KU had tied then-No. 3 Texas A&M in 2003, and defeated then-No. 7 Clemson during the 2004 season.
The win over No. 6 Texas A&M also marks the third by the Jayhawks over a nationally ranked team this season – the most in school history.
Kansas (9-5-1) will look to complete a weekend sweep at home when it hosts Francis Marion at noon on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.