Kansas Falls at Colorado in Overtime, 2-1
BOULDER, Colo. – Despite receiving a goal from freshman Caroline Kastor in the first 18 seconds of play, Kansas soccer dropped its final Big 12 match of the season to Colorado, 2-1 at Prentup Field Monday afternoon.
The Jayhawks fall to 5-13 overall and finish Big 12 play with a 1-9 record, which included three-consecutive losses by a single goal. The Buffaloes improve to 7-9-2 overall and 3-5-1 in conference play.
KU got on the board early, but couldn’t add to it, despite six shots and a penalty kick in the first half. Off the kickoff, senior Kaitlyn Cunningham sent a long pass down the right side of the field and connected with Kastor, who beat the goalkeeper just 19 seconds into the contest for her third goal of the season.
The Kansas goal was the quickest to start a match in team history, surpassing a goal by Emily Cressy, which was scored 21 seconds into a match against Oral Roberts last season.
Just a few moments later, Kansas had an opportunity to go up two goals, when the Buffaloes committed a foul in the box. However, Whitney Berry’s penalty kick was knocked away by CU goalkeeper Annie Brunner on the left side of the net to keep the game at 1-0.
Colorado evened the match in the 75th minute on an unassisted goal by Amy Barczuk. The CU defender knocked the ball in from five yards out after a scramble in front of the net.
The Buffaloes then scored the game-winner just 2:55 into the overtime period when Anne Stuller drilled a shot into the top right corner of the net from 18 yards away after a pass from Amanda Foulk.
Kansas goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau made 11 saves in the losing effort, marking the fourth time this season the Jayhawk keeper has recorded 10 stops or more. Her 114 saves this season are the fourth-most in team history.
Sophomore Whitney Berry led the Jayhawks’ offensive attack with five of the team’s nine shots, including two on target.
Kansas will host SIU-Edwardsville at 3 p.m. Friday in the team’s final match of the season at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.