Jayhawks strike early and often in 6-0 win over Ramblers

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Backed by a powerful offensive performance and a lockdown defensive showing, the Kansas women’s soccer team surged past Loyola-Chicago, 6-0, on Sunday afternoon at Rock Chalk Park. Junior Ceri Holland led the way with a pair of goals as well as an assist, while senior Katie McClure sent in her fourth goal of the young season.

The win improved the Jayhawks to 2-0 on the year, while the Ramblers fell to 0-2 in their 2019 campaign.

For the second-straight match, McClure got the scoring started in the opening minutes for the Jayhawks, heading the ball into the net on a pass from Holland in the third minute. The goal was McClure’s 26th of her career, and moved her into a tie for third on KU’s all-time goal-scoring chart.

The offensive onslaught continued when senior Sophie Maierhofer found the back of the net in the 26th minute, this time with McClure helping via an assist. Holland followed with a penalty kick just thirty seconds later, for her first goal of the season and Kansas found itself out to a 3-0 lead before 30 minutes had come off the game clock.

Junior Kathryn Castro and sophomore Kailey Lane both scored the first goals of their careers late in the first period and the Jayhawks headed to the locker room with a 5-0 advantage.

Holland got on the board again in the second period, heading the ball into the net off a corner kick for her first-career multi-goal match. The goal handed the Jayhawks a commanding 6-0 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as they went on to secure their second victory of the season.

The six goals were the most by a KU squad in a match since the 2011 season. Jayhawk goalkeeper Sarah Peters started and earned the win in between the posts for the Jayhawks. She played for 63 minutes of the victory and was joined in the shutout by freshman Melania Pasar and redshirt-freshman Emilie Gavillet, who both came in over the final 18 minutes and saw their first field action as Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks will return to Rock Chalk Park to host the No. 20 Memphis Tigers on Thursday, Aug. 29. The two programs will meet for the first time when they kick off at 7 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised via Big 12 Now on ESPN+ with Josh Klingler (play-by-play) and Huw Williams (color) calling the action.

Ceri Holland

Kailey Lane, Sam Barnett

Kathryn Castro

Katie McClure