Jayhawks to Meet No. 22 Texas A&M in Big 12 Soccer Championship
Oct. 31, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Two of the conference’s top offensive teams are set to clash this week as the seventh-seeded University of Kansas soccer team (11-8, 3-5 Big 12) will face the No. 2 seed and nationally-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (13-5-1, 6-1-1 Big 12) Wednesday, Nov. 2 in the Big 12 Soccer Championship. The quarterfinal match will kick-off at 8 p.m. from the Blossom Soccer Stadium. Live stats, audio and video are available throughout the tournament on the Big 12 Conference website at www.Big12Sports.com.
KU will be looking to avenge a 3-0 loss to the Aggies earlier this season on Oct. 2 at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Kansas plays well on the road though, having earned a 7-3 mark away from Lawrence this season.
About the Jayhawks
Kansas was not able to finish out its regular season as it had hoped, dropping two of its last three contests to finish 3-5 in conference play and 11-8 overall. Despite the losses, KU continues to have one of the top offensive producing teams in the nation. Kansas ties for 27th nationally and second in the league averaging 2.26 goals per game. Freshman Ingrid Vidal and junior Whitney Berry are responsible for a majority of the team’s offense as the duo, recently named All-Big 12 selections, is tied for third in the Big 12 with 27 points this season. Vidal is second in the league with 11 goals, while Berry paces the Big 12 and ranks tied for second nationally with 13 assists. The mark is also a KU single-season record.
In contrast to the Jayhawks’ high-producing offense, the team has not fared as well on defense ranking ninth in the Big 12 with a 2.12 goals against average. Redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Stroud has started the last six games in goal for the Jayhawks and 13 matches overall in 2011 with an 8-4 record. She owns a 1.73 GAA and .741 save percentage.
Scouting Texas A&M
Texas A&M won five of its final six regular-season matches, and had one tie, to bring its overall mark to 13-5-1 heading into the conference tournament. TAMU ranks just ahead Kansas in the league rankings with 3.37 goals per game to rank second nationally. The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, freshman Kelley Monogue, is tops in the league with 16 goals and 40 points. The Aggies also receive offensive support from Annie Kunz. She is second on the squad with 11 goals and 28 points.
On the opposite end of the field, Jordan Day is 10-5-1 in goal for the Aggies. She has a 1.04 GAA and .805 save percentage this season.
Texas A&M leads the all-time series versus Kansas 12-3-1 but the Jayhawks won the only Big 12 Championship meeting between the schools picking up a 4-2 over the No. 8 Aggies in 2008.
Three Jayhawks Named All-Big 12
Kansas soccer forward Ingrid Vidal was one of two freshmen named to the All-Big 12 First Team, while teammates Whitney Berry and Liana Salazar were both named members of the All-Big 12 Second Team. In addition, Vidal and Salazar were also named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team. Vidal owns a team-high 27 points, which ties for the best mark by a Jayhawk freshman and ties for third among conference players this season. She also leads Kansas and ranks second in the Big 12 with 11 goals.
Berry set a program record with 13 assists this season, a mark that ties for second in the nation. During 2011 Big 12 contests, the Wichita, Kan., native led Kansas with four goals and 13 points. Salazar was right behind Berry collecting three goals and seven points in league play.
If the Jayhawks win their quarterfinal match versus Texas A&M, KU will advance to play the winner of Wednesday’s Baylor vs. Missouri game on Friday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.