No. 18 Jayhawks and Ducks draw, 1-1
LINCOLN, Neb. – A late second half goal by Oregon forced No. 18 Kansas soccer to settle for a 1-1 draw Sunday morning inside Hibner Stadium. Senior midfielder Kaycie Young notched her first goal as a Jayhawk in the opening half, before Oregon junior Emma Eddy notched the equalizer with just six minutes left in regulation.
Kansas remains unbeaten in 2018, now at 3-0-1, while Oregon moved to 2-1-1.
In an aggressive and physical first half, the Jayhawks made impressive plays on both ends of the field. Kansas’ offense was paced by Young who notched her first goal as a Jayhawk in the 25th minute. Sophomore Isabella Cavalcante played a ball toward the Oregon penalty spot, before Young ran onto the pass and chipped it past the Duck keeper.
Six different Jayhawks had shot attempts in the first half, totaling eight shots for Kansas in the opening period. On the defensive end the Jayhawks kept the Ducks from taking a shot in the first frame, marking the second-straight game Kansas has held their opponent without a first half attempt at goal.
The Jayhawks continued to pace the game offensively well into the second half with nine shots to the Ducks’ four. Oregon’s first shot of the game didn’t come until the 67th minute.
As time dwindled down and it looked as Kansas would win their fourth-straight game, Oregon’s junior midfielder Emma Eddy ran on to a pass into the heart of the KU box before slotting it past Jayhawk keeper Sarah Peters to even the score at 1-1 with just over six minutes remaining in the regulation.
Neither team was able to take advantage from that point on as both the Jayhawks and Ducks went scoreless in the two 10-minute overtime periods. The 1-1 finish is the first draw of the 2018 season for the Jayhawks.
KU ended the match with a major edge in the shot column, 19-6, with seven of the 19 Jayhawk attempts ending on target. Peters ended her day with a pair of saves, while her shutout streak ended at 354 consecutive minutes without allowing an opponent goal.
Head Coach Mark Francis
On the 1-1 result:
“It’s disappointing. It still kind of feels like a loss to be honest. We outshot them 19 to five or six or something like that, but we probably left four really good chances out there that we didn’t put away to finish the game off, especially when it was 1-0. If you make it 2-0, it’s a different story. A little bit disappointed in that. I thought we played really well today. There were times that the way we were playing was really good. The way we were pacing, building up. We did create some opportunities, we just have to be a little more clearly on our marks. Same old story, that’s our sport. Just because you dominate the stats doesn’t mean you win the game or not lose the game. I said to the team if we learn something from this and we need to bury teams when we’re ahead and we just didn’t do that today. Credit to Oregon, they scored a good goal. They kept fighting and battling and ended up getting the tie. You have to give them credit for their tenacity and their will to keep fighting. Hopefully we’ll learn from this and move forward to next week.”
On Kaycie Young’s first goal as a Jayhawk:
“Great run, good ball in behind the defense and she finished it well, really composed. I think Kaycie will get on the score sheet again based on how she’s been playing and it’s great to see her get off the front to that start.”
Senior Midfielder Kaycie Young
On her first goal as a Jayhawk:
“It was awesome. I saw a gap in the defense and Izzy played picture perfect ball to me and just kind of clipped it over the keeper. It was a great feeling.”
On the 1-1 outcome and how KU will learn from it:
“We had a lot of chances, just couldn’t find the back of the net. Good test early on to get an overtime game under our belt and I think we can take a lot from it – that we have to finish teams off early on when we do have the chances, but we’ll just take it to the next couple of games and learn from it.”
- KU’s 1-1 tie is the first draw of the 2018 season. The Jayhawks remain unbeaten with a 3-0-1 record.
- Senior midfielder Kaycie Young’s goal in the 25th minute marks her first goal as a Jayhawk and third goal of her collegiate career (two at Portland).
- Kansas’ eight shots in the first half are the fourth time this season that the Jayhawks have notched eight or more shots in a period.
- The KU defense kept the Ducks from getting a shot off in the opening half, marking the second-straight game where Kansas has kept their opponents from getting a shot off in the first half.
- The Jayhawks’ 19 shots mark the third-straight game with 13 or more shots.
- Freshman goalkeeper Sarah Peters scoreless streak ended at 354 minutes with the Oregon goal by junior midfielder Emma Eddy.
- The 354-minute shutout streak is the eighth longest in program history.
- Junior forward Katie McClure’s goal streak ended at three-straight games.
The Jayhawks return home to Rock Chalk Park for a two-game homestand against Utah on Aug. 31 and Butler on Sept. 2 with both games kicking off at 7 p.m.