KU Offense Explodes in 4-0 Win over Hawkeyes
LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas soccer team saw four different goal scorers and picked up its second win of the spring season as the Jayhawks took down the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon in exhibition play. The win moved KU to 2-2 during the spring campaign as it heads into its final match in two weeks.
“We obviously played really well today,” said head coach Mark Francis. “We moved the ball around well and created a lot of opportunities. Offensively, we scored some really good goals and hit the wood work a couple times, so things were definitely clicking. We looked really good in the things we’ve been working on in practice, too, so that was really nice to see. I like the way we’re headed with two weeks left in the spring and hopefully we can finish off well against Arkansas in a couple weeks.”
The Jayhawks didn’t waste much time getting on the scoreboard against the visiting Hawkeyes Saturday. Junior Ashley Pankey put in her second goal of the spring when she hit the back of the net from 12 yards out just 15 minutes in.
Kansas took the 1-0 lead into the waning seconds of the first half, when junior Tayler Estrada beat the buzzer with her first goal of the spring. Estrada found herself on a breakaway with under 10 seconds remaining before halftime and snuck in her first goal of the spring at the near post to put the Jayhawks up 2-0 heading into the locker room.
The KU onslaught continued just seven minutes in to the second half when the Jayhawks scored off a corner kick set piece. Sophomore Lois Heuchan played a corner service to the far post where it was met by the head of sophomore Hannah Luckinac, who sent it in for her first goal of the spring. Luckinac’s goal gave the Jayhawks a commanding 3-0 lead, which they carried into the final minutes of the match.
Sophomore transfer Alex Schweitzer tacked on the Jayhawks fourth and final goal in the 85th minute. Junior defender Aurelie Gagnet played Schweitzer a ball to the top of the Hawkeye box, where she shot it into the side-netting for her second goal of the spring.
Minutes later the Jayhawks closed out their second win and first shutout of the spring campaign.
Kansas will close out the spring season on Saturday, April 30 when the Jayhawks host the Arkansas Razorbacks at Rock Chalk Park. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.
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