Kansas Looks to Extend Win Streak at Missouri and Iowa State This Weekend
Oct. 19, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After picking up its first conference road victory of the season, the Kansas soccer team (10-6, 2-3 Big 12) will have two more chances to improve its record away from Lawrence this weekend in its final regular-season away contests. First up for the Jayhawks is a trip to Border Showdown rival Missouri (11-6, 2-4 Big 12) on Friday, Oct. 21 for a 6:30 p.m. match. From there, KU will travel to Iowa State (7-8-1, 0-5 Big 12) on Sunday, Oct. 23. That game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kick-off.
Live stats for both contests can be found on the KU Athletics’ website at www.KUAthletics.com. In addition, Missouri will have a video stream of Friday’s match available on its website, www.MUTigers.com.
About the Jayhawks
Three different Jayhawks scored last Friday as Kansas notched a 3-1 win at Texas Tech in the team’s lone contest of the weekend. The win, KU’s first conference road victory this season, improved the team to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12. Scoring continues to be a strength for Kansas this season as the team ranks third in the conference averaging 2.19 goals per game.
Junior Whitney Berry recorded one of KU’s goals at TTU as she leads the Jayhawks with three scores in league play. Additionally, her 11 assists on the season are tied for third nationally. Freshmen Ingrid Vidal and Jamie Fletcher are usually on the other end of Berry’s passes as the duo has collected nearly half of the team’s goals. Vidal leads the Jayhawks and ranks tied for second in the Big 12 with 10 goals. Fletcher follows close behind with seven scores, including two in the last two games.
Throughout most of the season, junior Kat Liebetrau and redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Stroud have split time at goalkeeper but Stroud, the defending Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, has earned the starting nod over the last three contests. She is 7-2 overall with a team-best 1.55 goals against average.
Missouri is right behind KU in the conference standings with a 2-4 league mark and an 11-6 record overall. Last weekend the Tigers split a pair of contests, dropping a match to Baylor before bouncing back at Oklahoma. The Tigers have a balanced offense as 10 players have at least two goals. Sophomore Danielle Nottingham leads the pack with five goals so far this season. Three Tigers have a team-high four assists, including sophomore Alyssa Diggs, who is second on the team with 12 points.
In goal, redshirt freshman McKenzie Sauerwein leads the Big 12 with 81 saves. She owns a 1.13 GAA and has six shutouts this season.
KU leads the all-time series with Missouri 9-8-1 but trails 4-6 in contests played in Columbia. Missouri has won the last two meetings, including a 4-1 win in Columbia last season.
Scouting Iowa State
Still searching for its first conference victory, Iowa State is 0-5 in league play but picked up a win at Southeast Missouri State Sunday to halt a five-game losing streak and improve to 7-8-1 overall. Brittany Morgan and Jennifer Dominguez pace the Cyclones with four goals apiece. Emily Goldstein aids the offense with a team-high four assists.
Maddie Jobe and Andrea Swanson both see time between the goal posts for ISU with Jobe owning a team-best 0.42 GAA. She is 4-2-1 with five shutouts.
The Jayhawks own a 12-5 advantage versus Iowa State on the soccer field. The Cyclones won the last meeting in 2010 to halt KU’s four-game win streak versus ISU. The series is tied at 4-4 with games played in Ames.
Jayhawks in Top 30 RPI
In the latest RPI standings, released Oct. 19 by the NCAA, Kansas moved up seven spots to No. 29. KU is one of four Big 12 schools in the top 30 along with No. 2 Oklahoma State (10), Baylor (16) and Texas A&M (19).
Kansas returns home for its season finale when it welcomes Oklahoma on Friday, Oct. 28 for a 3 p.m. match. The Jayhawks will honor seniors Kelsey Clifton, Kourtney Clifton and Jordyn Perdue at the contest.