Jayhawks Face No. 10 Texas, Baylor To Wrap Up Home Schedule
Oct. 21, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The Kansas soccer team will play its final two home matches of the regular season this weekend. The Jayhawks host No. 10 Texas at 3 p.m., Friday, before taking on Baylor at 1 p.m., on Sunday.
Fans in attendance at Friday’s match will receive free thunder sticks, while Sunday’s match will feature a Senior Day ceremony as well as a breast cancer awareness promotion. Fans wearing pink can gain admission to the match for $3, while the team will wear pink arm bands and take donations to The Breast Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center.
KU seniors Stephanie Baugh, Jessica Bush, Missy Geha, Kristin Graves, Jenny Murtaugh and Sara Rogers will all be recognized with a ceremony following Sunday’s match. Both matches will be featured on Gametracker by CBS College Sports. A link for Gametracker can be found at the Jayhawks’ official website, www.kuathletics.com.
Last Time Out
Junior Shannon McCabe tied a school record with three goals and an assist, while junior Monica Dolinsky and freshman Emily Cressy were each involved in multiple scoring plays as the Kansas soccer team set a school record with seven goals in its 7-0 victory over Francis Marion Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Scouting the Longhorns
Texas enters the Friday tilt in Lawrence undefeated in its last three matches after playing to a scoreless tie with No. 11 Oklahoma State on Oct. 19. Like KU, the Longhorns dominated their non-conference opponents, but are 3-2-2 in Big 12 play.
Freshman Courtney Goodsen leads the Longhorns with five goals and 13 points this season, while senior Courtney Gaines is tops on the team with five assists. Texas features a balanced attack as 12 different players have scored goals, including five who have multiple tallies. Senior goalkeeper Dianna Pfenninger has an 0.59 goals against average with a league-high five shutouts this season. The 5-foot-10 senior has made 59 saves in 67 chances for an .881 save percentage.
Texas head coach Chris Petrucelli is in his 10th season with the Longhorns and has an overall record of 131-62-17 at the school and is 306-84-27 in 18-plus seasons at UT and Notre Dame.
– Kansas defender Katie Williams and Texas forward Niki Arlitt both played for the Challenge ’89 club team in Houston, Texas, as well as the South Texas State ODP and Region III ODP clubs.
– Kansas defender Alex Winchester and Texas defender Erica Campbell and forward Alisha Ortiz are all products of the D’Feeters club program. However, Winchester was a member of the DeFeeters ’90 squad, while Campbell and Ortiz were both ’89 members.
– Jayhawk forward Emily Cressy and Longhorn midfielder Courtney Goodson, forward Amanda Lisberger and goalkeeper Shaine Millheiser were all teammates on the Eagles Soccer Club ’90 in southern California. They helped the Eagles win the 2007 USYS National Championship.
– Kansas defender Lauren Jackson and Texas midfielder Kylie Doniak are both products of the Slammers Futbol Club, however, they played on different teams.
Scouting the Bears
Baylor rolls into Lawrence following a Friday evening showdown at No. 18 Missouri. The Bears enter the weekend at 5-9-2 overall, and are winless away from Waco this season. Baylor will be looking to keep its hopes for a Big 12 Championship berth alive.
BU’s offense is led by senior Andi Fagan’s four goals and 10 points. Freshman Christine Clark has a team high three assists. Baylor features a balanced attack as nine different Bears have scored goals, while 16 have recorded at least one point. Goalkeepers Gianna Quintana and Courtney Seelhorst have split time in net this season. Quintana has a 1.11 goals against average in 810 minutes in net, while Seelhorst has posted a 1.27 average in 635 minutes. As a team, Baylor has shut out six different opponents.
Head coach Marci Jobson is in her first year at Baylor. The former U.S. National Team member coached for three seasons at Northern Illinois before becoming the Bears’ head coach. She has an overall record of 28-36-11 in three-plus seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach.
– Kansas forward Shannon McCabe and Baylor midfielder Beckah Brady were teammates at Jenks High School in Oklahoma, and were both members of the Tulsa Soccer Club ’88.
– Kansas defender Alex Winchester and Baylor’s Bethany Johnson were teammates on the D’Feeters ’90 club team in Plano, Texas.
– Kansas defender Katie Williams and Baylor’s Katie White and Hannah Dismuke are all products of the Challenge club teams in Houston, Texas. However, all three played on different teams.
– Kansas head coach Mark Francis and Baylor head coach Marci Jobson both played collegiately at SMU, but competed for the Mustangs in different seasons.
McCabe, Hanley Honored
Junior forward Shannon McCabe and goalkeeper Julie Hanley were both honored on weekly teams this week. McCabe, a forward from Tulsa, Okla., was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, while Hanley was a member of TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Team of the Week.
Junior Shannon McCabeenjoyed one of the most prolific weekends in school history, scoring four goals and an assist in KU’s wins over No. 6 Texas A&M and Francis Marion.
McCabe, who entered the weekend with six career goals, tallied the game-winner in the 29th minute against the Aggies – her second goal against a ranked opponent this year – on Friday. On Sunday, she tied a school record with seven points, matching Caroline Smith’s total from a 2003 contest against Northwestern. The junior recorded the seventh hat trick in KU soccer history, and added an assist on a second half goal.
McCabe is second on the team in points (17), third in goals (six) and third in assists (five). Her 17 points are also tied for seventh most in the Big 12 this season.
Back In the Saddle
After being shut down for three straight matches, junior Monica Dolinsky returned to the scoring sheet in a big way this past weekend. The third-year midfielder tallied an assist on McCabe’s game-winning goal against No. 6 Texas A&M on Friday, and recorded two assists and a goal Sunday against Francis Marion.
Dolinsky – the team’s leading scorer – failed to record a point in three consecutive matches, her longest stretch of the season. But she broke out last weekend. Her four-point contest against Francis Marion was the fifth multi-point match of her career, and second this year. More impressively, Dolinsky has recorded at least one point in 10 of KU’s 16 contests this year.
She currently ranks seventh in team history in points (43), tied for sixth in goals (15) and tied for seventh in assists (16).
While KU’s offense got the headlines in the two wins this past weekend, the Jayhawk defense also deserves a lot of the credit. Kansas shut out sixth-ranked Texas A&M on Friday, marking just the second time all season the Aggies had been blanked. KU’s defensive unit held Texas A&M to a season-low three shots on goal, while the Aggies’ 17 total shots were a shade below their season average of 18.9.
Kansas totally shut down Francis Marion on Sunday, holding the visiting Patriots without a shot attempt until the 55th minute. FMU collected just two shots on goal for the entire contest. KU’s back-to-back shutouts were the first since the team turned the feat at Colorado and at then-No. 6 Texas last October.
– Kansas plays host to No. 10 Texas Friday. With the win over Texas A&M last weekend, KU improves to 3-4 against teams ranked in the Top 25 this season. With Missouri (#18) remaining on its regular season schedule, the Jayhawks will likely play eight of their 19 regular-season contests against ranked opponents – which would match a school record.
– The Jayhawks wrap up their home schedule against Baylor Sunday. It will be KU’s fifth contest against a school from the state of Texas. Heading into this weekend, the Jayhawks are 3-0 against teams from the Lone Star State, defeating SMU (1-0), Texas Tech (2-0) and Texas A&M (1-0) this season.
– The Jayhawks recorded several offensive records in Sunday’s 7-0 win over Francis Marion. KU’s seven goals were the most in one game in team history, while the 34 shot attempts tied for the second most. The Jayhawks scored a school record five second half goals, while the eight first half corner kicks were the most since KU collected 12 in the first half against Baylor on Sept. 23, 2005.
– Freshman Kortney Clifton scored her first goal since a Sept. 28 tally against Iowa State. The freshman is still fourth on the team in goals (five) and points (11).
– Freshman Emily Cressy also broke out of a scoreless drought with a goal and an assist against Francis Marion. Cressy is tied for the team lead in goals (seven) and leads the team with three multiple-point contests – all of them coming at home.
– Senior Jessica Bush recorded her seventh assist of the season to set a career high. Her seven helpers tie Jessica Smith’s 2004 total as the third-most by a KU senior.
– Sophomore Erin Ellefson tallied her first career goal to cap the scoring against Francis Marion. Ellefson is the 13th different Jayhawk to score a goal this season.
– Goalkeeper Julie Hanley recorded the 13th shutout of her career against Texas A&M on Friday. Of Hanley’s 13 shutouts, four have come against nationally ranked opponents.
– KU’s 37 goals this season matches the fifth-highest total in team history (2005).
The Jayhawks will wrap up the regular season with a match against Border Showdown rival Missouri at Aubrey J. Walton Complex in Columbia next Friday. The halloween showdown will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Live video of the match can be seen on CBS College Sports’ All-Access for a subscription fee. Live stats will be available via Gametracker at www.kuathletics.com.