Jayhawks Host Nebraska, Iowa State This Weekend

Oct. 24, 2007

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This Week’s Promotions

The first 500 fans through the gate at Friday’s match against Nebraska will receive a Jayhawk flag, courtesy of AT&T. Friday also marks Youth Organization Day. All fans 17 and under wearing an organization uniform or t-shirt will receive admission for $3. At Sunday’s contest with IowaState, the first 100 fans will receive a complementary pair of KU Crocs. Sunday is also Big Brother/Big Sister Day, kids receive free admission when accompanied by their sponsored big brother or big sister.

About the Jayhawks

Kansas (4-9-4, 2-2-3 Big 12) greatly improved its chances of advancing to the Big 12 Championships last weekend by defeating Colorado (2-0) and tying sixth-ranked Texas (0-0) on the road. The Jayhawks’ result against the Longhorns marks the first time KU has blanked a Top 10 opponent on the road since 2004. Senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn was flawless on the weekend, making 13 saves, while sophomores Monica Dolinsky and Kim Boyer each had a goal and an assist in Friday’s triumph over the Buffaloes.

Scouting the Huskers

Nebraska (5-8-3, 1-6 Big 12) enters the weekend desperate for a win. The Huskers have dropped three in a row and are in danger of missing the conference tournament for the first time in program history. After a 2-0-2 start to the regular season, Nebraska has fallen on hard times, losing six of its last seven.

Sophomore forward Shay Powell leads the Husker offense with four goals, while juniors Selenia Iacchelli and Sari Raber are tied for the team lead with three assists. Freshman goalkeeper Jessica Mills has played in all 16 matches this season. She has a 1.49 goals against average and a .744 save percentage with three shutouts.

Head coach John Walker is in his 14th season at Nebraska and has an all-time record of 215-75-6. Walker’s team returns 16 letterwinners and nine starters from last year’s team, which finished 10-7-3. The Huskers lead the all-time series with KU, 11-2 with two ties. However, KU hasn’t lost to the Huskers in a regular season match-up since 2004, which includes last year’s 1-0 triumph in Lincoln on Oct. 1.

Nebraska on the internet: www.huskers.com

Scouting the Cyclones

Iowa State (7-5-3, 3-3-1 Big 12) snapped a four-match losing streak with a 3-1 triumph over Baylor at home last Sunday. The Cyclones enter the weekend tied for fifth in the conference standings, but have yet to win on the road this season, posting an 0-2-2 mark in away matches.

Sophomore midfielder Elise Reid leads the ISU offense with five goals and 11 points this season. Senior forward Brittanie Waddell is tops on the team with four assists and also has eight points. Sophomore goalkeeper Ann Gleason has played every minute in net for the Cyclones and has an 0.88 goals against average and an .854 save percentage. Gleason ranks second in the conference with five shutouts this season.

Head coach Rebecca Hornbacher is in her sixth season at ISU and has a record of 44-59-11 at the school. Hornbacher’s team returns 10 starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad, which finished 6-14. Kansas leads the all-time series with the Cyclones, 8-4, including a 2-0 triumph in Ames last season.

Iowa State on the internet: www.cyclones.com

Last Time Out

Senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made seven saves for her second consecutive shutout as the University of Kansas soccer team tied the sixth-ranked Texas Longhorns, 0-0 on Sunday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Quinn made several key saves throughout the match as the Jayhawks were out shot 17-12 and had six fewer corner kicks (7-1). Quinn was tested often in the first half, making four saves. The Jayhawks had chances of their own to score as they outshot Texas in the second half, 7-4 and in the second overtime, 4-3. Sophomore Monica Dolinsky led the team with five shots, two on goal.

The Mighty Quinn

Kansas senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn earned two midweek honors this past week, being named the Big 12 Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week as well as to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week. Quinn, a 5-foot-6 keeper from Fort Collins, Colo., recorded a pair of shutouts over the weekend as the Jayhawks earned a win and a tie on the road. On Friday afternoon, Quinn returned to her native state of Colorado and made six saves to blank the Buffaloes, 2-0. The senior netminder was even better Sunday, collecting seven saves to shut out sixth-ranked Texas in Austin.

The Longhorns match marked the first time that a Jayhawk goalkeeper has held a ranked opponent scoreless on the road since Quinn shut out then-No. 25 Nebraska in Lincoln on Sept. 30, 2005. Quinn ranks third in the conference with 80 saves this season and is tied for seventh with three shutouts.

Sweet Homecoming

Friday’s 2-0 victory in Boulder, Colo. was especially sweet for five members of the KU team, who were playing in front of several family members and friends. Colorado natives Kelsey Archuleta, Kim Boyer, Estelle Johnson, Colleen Quinn and Afton Sauer all played prominent roles in KU’s victory.

Boyer collected an assist on Monica Dolinsky’s game-winning goal in the second half on Friday and then tallied her fourth goal of the season in the final minutes. Archuleta, Johnson and Sauer all provided solid defense in front of goalkeeper Quinn as Kansas shut out the Buffaloes in Boulder for the first time since 2001. Seniors Archuleta, Quinn and Sauer were likely making their final appearances in their home state while wearing the Crimson and Blue.

Mo’ Goals, Mo’ Wins

Once again, sophomore Monica Dolinsky played a vital role in a Kansas win on Friday. The 5-foot-5 midfielder/forward recorded her second game-winning tally of the season in the 49th minute Friday as Kansas downed Colorado. In her two years at KU, the Jayhawks have enjoyed great success when she is on the scoring sheet. The team is 7-0 in matches where Dolinsky scores a goal and 10-1-1 in games where she records at least one point. After a slow start this year, Dolinsky has six points (two goals, two assists) in KU’s last six matches as KU has posted a 3-1-2 mark in that span.

Quick Kicks

– Kansas will meet Nebraska in Lawrence for the first time since the 2004 NCAA Tournament. KU has never beaten the Huskers at home. Both of KU’s wins in the series came in Lincoln (2003 and 2006).

– Head coach Mark Francis is 2-7-2 all-time against the Huskers, including a pair of losses in the Big 12 Championships.

– KU will host IowaState for the first time since Oct. 29, 2004. In that match, the Jayhawks clinched the school’s first ever conference championship in soccer.

– Head coach Mark Francis is 7-2 against the Cyclones at KU.

– Quinn’s back-to-back shutouts marked the first time since last October that a KU goalkeeper has blanked consecutive opponents. The senior keeper recorded her sixth and seventh career shutouts last weekend.

– Senior Afton Sauer made her 79th consecutive start in the defensive backfield for the Jayhawks on Sunday. If she starts all three of KU’s remaining contests, Sauer will tie former teammate Holly Gault for the most games started by a field player in Jayhawk history. Her 79 consecutive starts rank only behind former goalkeeper Meghan Miller, who started 87 straight matches from 2001-04.

– Freshman Rachel Morris recorded her first career assist in Friday’s win at Colorado.

– Freshman Kaitlyn Cunningham contributed a career high 51 minutes against No. 6 Texas on Sunday. Four Jayhawks: Missy Geha, Estelle Johnson, Afton Sauer and Katie Williams all matched career highs by playing all 110 minutes in the Texas match.

Strinden Honored by Community of Champions

Senior midfielder Emily Strinden has been named the recipient of the Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Award presented by the Big 12 Conference for the week of Oct. 22. Strinden, a senior captain from Lufkin, Texas, was awarded this honor for her work in the community as well as on the soccer field. The 5-foot-5 midfielder volunteers her time with area elementary school kids as part of the Fun and Fitness with Jayhawks and has also participated in the Adopt-an-Angel program as well as the Habitat for Humanity program in Lawrence.

On the field, Strinden has appeared in 15 of KU’s 17 contests this year and has recorded a goal and an assist. She’s played in 64 matches throughout her four seasons in the Crimson and Blue and has four goals and four assists, including a game-winning goal against Alabama in overtime in 2006.

Looking Ahead

Kansas will wrap up the regular season next weekend with a home match against Border Showdown rival Missouri at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. The Jayhawks will honor their five seniors, Kelsey Archuleta, Nicole Cauzillo, Colleen Quinn, Emily Strinden and Afton Sauer, with a ceremony prior to the match.