No. 25 Cowgirls overpower No. 21 Jayhawks, 5-2

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The No. 21 Kansas Jayhawks were unable to contain the offensive attack of No. 25 Oklahoma State as the Cowgirls sprinted to a 5-2 victory Thursday night inside Neal Patterson Stadium. Juniors Ceri Holland and Mandi Duggan tallied their fourth and third goals of the season, respectively, in the loss.

The Jayhawks fell to 9-4-0 on the year and to 1-2-0 in conference play. Oklahoma State moved to 8-1-3 in 2019 and 1-1-1 in the Big 12.

The Cowgirls jumped on Kansas early, netting the match’s opening goal in the 10th minute off a corner kick service. The deficit went to 2-0 less than 20 minutes later when OSU’s Charme Morgan knocked in a rebound as the Jayhawks exited the opening 30 minutes of action in a two-goal hole.

The offensive onslaught continued less than three minutes later when OSU found the back of the net off another set piece, this time off a freekick.

After the Cowgirls netted their fourth goal of the night just over seven minutes after the intermission, KU responded with a pair to cut the OSU lead in half. Holland got on the end of a cross from Katie McClure to put in the Jayhawks’ first goal of the night in the 53rd minute. Nine minutes later, Duggan let loose a shot from nearly 30 yards out that made its way through a crowded OSU box and into the back of the net. It marked Duggan’s third goal in two games.

But that is as close as the Jayhawks would get. Oklahoma State’s Gabriella Coleman scored in the 71st minute to put the Cowgirl lead at 5-2, where the match would end. The Jayhawks closed the match outshooting the home side by a tally of 14-13, however, Oklahoma State put 10 of its 13 tries on frame. The Cowgirls’ five goals marked the most goals conceded by Kansas in a conference game since 2015

Kansas will continue its road stint next weekend when it heads south for a pair of league contests. The trip will begin with the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman on Thursday, Oct. 10 in a 7 p.m. start. Three days later, the Jayhawks will take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock on Oct. 13. Kickoff from John Walker Soccer Complex is slated for 1 p.m.

53rd Minute | Holland nets KU’s first goal

62nd Minute | Duggan’s long-range try makes it 4-2