KU Defeats Colorado College, 2-1

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Junior Michelle Rasmussen and senior Kimberly Karfonta each scored a goal as the University of Kansas defeated Colorado College, 2-1, in a non-conference match Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The victory improves KU’s season record to 9-6-2.

“It was nice to get back on the winning road,” commented head coach Mark Francis. “The team played very well in patches during the game, now we need to refocus before we get back into the Big 12.”

Rasmussen and Caroline Smith played give-and-go to give KU a 1-0 lead in the 5th minute of the match. After Rasmussen found Smith on the left side of the box the senior all-american returned the favor to Rasmussen who beat C.C.’s goalkeeper, Geneva Sills, from 10 yards out.

Karfonta gave the Jayhawks a two goal advantage in the 11th minute when she took a ball that deflected off Sills and ripped it into an open net. The goal was Karfonta’s second of the season while Jessica Smith was credited with an assist.

The Tigers scored their lone goal off a corner kick. After Katline Okamoto took the corner, the ball deflected back to her. Okamoto then drifted a pass back into the box that Molly Uyenishi headed into the back of the net for her first tally of the season.

Kansas out-shot Colorado College, 23-10, during the match. The Jayhawks placed 11 shots on goal to C.C.’s five.

Michelle Rasmussen led KU’s offensive attack with five shots while Karfonta and Jessica Smith tallied four. All four of Karfonta’s shots were on goal.

Julie Hanley improved her record to 5-1-0 on the season. The freshman made four saves. Sills made eight saves in net for the Tigers.

Kansas will return Big 12 play on Sunday, Oct. 23 when they play host to the University of Texas. The last four matches between the Jayhawks and Longhorns have been decided by one goal. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Caroline Smith’s assist was the 21st of her career … KU is now 7-0-1 on Friday’s and 8-0-0 when leading at halftime … Kimberly Karfonta made her second start of the season … KU junior defender Danika Erickson made her first appearance of the year … Colorado College is now 2-2-0 against the Big 12 this season, the Tigers have beat Nebraska and Texas Tech while dropping matches to Iowa State and Kansas.