No. 23 Jayhawks blank K-State, 3-0
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior Katie McClure found the back of the net twice in the final 10 minutes to help seal a 3-0 win for the No. 23 Jayhawks over the Kansas State Wildcats Friday night at Rock Chalk Park. Junior Ceri Holland the match’s opening goal and eventual game-winner, her fifth of the season.
The win moved Kansas to 11-4-1 overall, and 3-2-1 in Big 12 action. With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 3-10-2 on the season, and 1-5-0 in conference play.
The Jayhawks jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the second minute when McClure found Holland for a goal from 15 yards out. The goal marked the earliest scored by KU this season and put the Wildcats in an early deficit.
Following Holland’s strike, both teams were held scoreless until the 80th minute when freshman midfielder Ebba Costow found McClure in the heart of the Wildcat box. McClure wasted little time in netting her 10th goal of the season to give the Jayhawks a two-goal lead late in regulation. Kansas added the final knockout punch less than a minute later, when Costow and McClure connected once again, this time off a corner kick service, which the Wichita product headed in to post her third multi-goal match of the season.
The goal and assist also gave McClure 80 points for her career, moving her to No. 2 on the Jayhawks’ all-time chart, trailing leader Caroline Smith at 126 points.
The Jayhawks exhibited a strong defensive effort throughout the evening, including seven saves from sophomore Sarah Peters. The clean sheet match marked Peters’ and the KU defense’s third-consecutive shutout and the squad’s eighth shutout of the season.
Kansas will be back in action next Thursday, Oct. 24th to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in the regular-season home finale. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.
81st minute | Back to back goals for Katie McClure, both assisted by Ebba Costow | 3-0 Kansas
Sarah Peters makes a save | Still 1-0 Kansas
2nd minute | Ceri Holland nets the game’s opening goal