MATCH PREVIEW: at No. 14 Texas Tech
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas (10-4-0) closes out their three-match road stint when it travels to Lubbock, Texas to take on the No. 14 Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-1-1) on Sunday, Oct. 13 at John Walker Soccer Complex. The match will begin at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest.
|Date/Time:||Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.|
|Opponent||No. 14 Texas Tech|
|Watch||Fox Sports Go|
|Listen||Jayhawk Radio Network|
- Kansas is coming off a 1-0 overtime win over Oklahoma in Norman on Oct. 10. Junior Mandi Duggan netted the game-winner in the 99th minute, extending KU’s unbeaten streak against the Sooners to five games.
- Kansas was slotted at No. 18 in the season’s third Rating Percentage Index (RPI) released by the NCAA this week. It marked the first time since 2014 that the Jayhawks were slotted in the top-20 of the RPI in three-straight weeks.
- KU’s 28 goals scored this season rank 32nd in the NCAA and third in the conference. The figure has already surpassed the goals scored by the 2015, 2016 and 2017 squads and matches the total from the entire 2018 campaign.
- Kansas is 8-15-2 against ranked foes since 2016, with seven of those losses coming against teams inside the top-10. Prior to this recent run, the Jayhawks managed just six victories over top-25 teams from 2010-15.
- Following KU’s overtime win at Oklahoma Thursday, the Jayhawks are 10-3-11 in their last 24 matches that have gone to extra time. This stretch dates back to the 2015 season.
- Junior Mandi Duggan has scored four goals in her last three outings. This after the Aurora, Colorado product netted three goals in her previous 37 matches as a Jayhawk.
- Kansas is 6-0-0 in matches played on Sundays this season. KU went a combined 5-7-3 on Sundays over the previous two seasons.
- Since 2014, the Jayhawks are 49-2-1 in matches in which they score two or more goals. This includes a 15-1-0 mark since the start of the 2018 season, with the lone blemish coming in the 5-2 loss to OSU last week in Stillwater.
- Ten different Jayhawks have scored a goal this season. McClure leads the team with nine goals, which ranks her 24th in the NCAA.
- McClure’s nine goals are the most by a Jayhawk through her first 13 games of a season since 2003, when Caroline Smith netted 11 goals in her first 13 outings en route to posting 19 that season.
- The KU defense has amassed a goals-against average of 1.00 after its first 13 outings, a number that ranks the Jayhawks third in the Big 12.
Staying on defense, the KU backline has held its first 13 opponents to an average of 9.6 shots per game, which includes five matches when the Jayhawks conceded five or fewer opponent shots.
- SERIES vs. TEXAS TECH
The contest Sunday will mark the 27th between Kansas and Texas Tech since the series’ first match in 1996. KU leads the match-up 13-11-2 all-time but has only one win against the Red Raiders since 2011. KU is 5-6-1 against TTU in Lubbock, with its last win on the Red Raiders’ home pitch coming in 2011, a 3-1 victory.
- LATE MATCH MAGIC
The Jayhawks have been a clutch bunch so far this season, a trend which they have carried over from a year ago. Including Mandi Duggan’s golden goal against Oklahoma on Oct. 10, Kansas has now netted eight goals in the final 15 minutes of regulation or overtime, four of which have been game-winners. The Jayhawks were also clutch in crunch time during the 2018 campaign. Thirteen of the Jayhawks’ 28 goals scored came in the 60th minute or later. That number included 10 goals Kansas tallied in the final 10 minutes of regulation or in overtime.
- IRON JAYHAWK
Senior Katie McClure has continued an impressive streak into her final year in Lawrence as she has started each of the Jayhawks’ last 71 matches dating back to her freshman year in 2016. McClure’s mark is already among the longest in program history as it sits sixth on the all-time list among field players.
The Jayhawks will return home on Friday, Oct. 18 to host the third soccer edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown when the Kansas State Wildcats come to Lawrence. Kickoff from Rock Chalk Park is set for 7 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.