No. 18 Jayhawks blank FAU, 1-0

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Senior Katie McClure’s sixth goal of the season along with a strong defensive effort propelled the No. 18 Kansas Jayhawks to a 1-0 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls Sunday afternoon at Rock Chalk Park. The win improved the Jayhawks to 4-0-0 on the year and has the squad out to its best start since 2014.

McClure, who entered the day sitting second in the nation in goals scored again proved to be too much for the opposing defense. The Wichita product needed less than 13 minutes to send in her sixth of the season, coming off a passing combo from sophomore Bri Amos and junior Isabella Cavalcante. With the strike, McClure tallied her 28th career goal, and moved into a tie with Liana Salazar for second on KU’s all-time goal-scoring list.

For the final 77 minutes, it was the KU defense that was the highlight for the Jayhawks. The Owls outshot Kansas 9-4 on the day, but the KU backline and sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Peters turned away the Owl attack on numerous occasions to preserve the shutout. It marked KU’s third clean sheet of the season and the 11th solo save of Peters’ career.

McClure’s goal wound up being the game-winner and marked the fourth consecutive game the senior has netted her team’s winning goal. She has now posted 15 game-winners in her career, a new program record.

The Jayhawks will hit the road for the first time in the 2019 campaign when they journey to West Lafayette, Indiana to take part in the Boilermaker Challenge Cup. The weekend will begin on Friday, Sept. 6 when KU meets DePaul in a 3 p.m. (CT) kickoff. Two days later the Jayhawks will face the host, Purdue, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Kailey Lane

Katie McClure

Madison Meador
Bri Amos