Jayhawks sweep Big 12 weekly awards
IRVING, Texas – Coming off an upset victory over No. 13 West Virginia Thursday night, a pair of Jayhawks were honored with Big 12 soccer weekly awards the league announced Friday afternoon. Junior forward Katie McClure claimed Offensive Player of the Week honors, her third of the season, while freshman goalkeeper Sarah Peters was named the conference’s defensive player of the week and its freshman of the week, both were first-time honors in her young career.
McClure, who hails from Wichita, Kansas, claimed her third Big 12 weekly award of 2018 after scoring the golden goal in Kansas’ 1-0 upset over the Mountaineers Thursday. Her strike in the 98th minute was her eighth goal of the year and her third that has come in overtime. The goal was one of five shots McClure tallied in her 75 minutes of action Thursday night.
Peters, a native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, used a career-high eight saves to help the Jayhawks keep the clean sheet against WVU, just the fifth the Mountaineers have suffered this season. The shutout was Peters’ eighth on the year, a Kansas freshman record.
The Kansas duo’s sweep of the league’s weekly awards marked just the second time the Big 12 honors went to all Jayhawks. In 2006, Jessica Bush (Offensive), Julie Hanley (Defensive) and Monica Dolinsky (Newcomer) also made it a clean KU sweep on Oct. 17.
McClure, Peters and the rest of their teammates will begin postseason play on Sunday, Oct. 28 with the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri. No. 6-seeded Kansas will meet the No. 3 seed Texas for a bid to the semifinals at 8 p.m. Fans can watch the action for free on the Big 12 Digital Network by visiting Big12Sports.com.
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