Lyden’s Late Goal Gives Jayhawks Win 1-0 Over Missouri State

Box Score (PDF)

Kansas 1, Missouri State 0
Plaster Sports Complex // Springfield, Mo.
Junior Jamie Fletcher led the team with four shots and
added an assist in KU’s win.
1st 2nd Final
Kansas 0 1 1
Missouri State 0 0 0
KU 87′ Kelsey Lyden (Fletcher)
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
MSU Jessica Perry 90:00 1 0
KU Kaitlyn Stroud 90:00 0 1
Stats at a Glance KU MSU
Shots 11 5
Shots on Goal 1 1
Saves 1 1
Offsides 2 0
Corner Kicks 4 3
Fouls 12 8
Yellow Cards 0 1
Red Cards 0 0

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Junior Kelsey Lyden picked a great time for her first career goal as her score in the 87th minute gave the Kansas Jayhawks a 1-0 win over Missouri State Friday night inside the Plaster Sports Complex. Fellow junior Jamie Fletcher notched her first assist of the season on Lyden’s goal and led the team with four shots on the night.
The win pushed the Jayhawks to 2-1 on the year, while the Bears dropped to 0-3 in 2013.
“Missouri State had a good game plan for us and I don’t think we solved it very well today,” said head coach Mark Francis. “We’ve got to be better soccer players and solve the equation better. The good news is we grinded it out. We didn’t play particularly well today but we still found a way to win. That’s the satisfying part we’ll take away from tonight.”
With the score deadlocked in the waning minutes of the game the Kansas offense was again on the attack. However, after seeing many failed attempts in the first 86 minutes of the match, Kansas finally managed to find the back of the net. Fletcher was able to corral a loose ball 10 yards from the MSU goal and played a pass to Lyden, who was streaking through the left side of the box.
Lyden put one touch on the ball and got a right-footed strike off that snuck inside the right goal post, giving KU the lead and almost certain victory with less than three minutes to play.
The goal was the first of the Wichita, Kan., native’s career and made her the fourth different Jayhawk to put in a goal during the 2013 campaign.
After several frantic Missouri State attempts to post the equalizing goal, the referee blew the full time whistle, giving the Jayhawks their second win of the season and first non-conference road victory since KU took down Creighton on Oct. 9, 2011 in Omaha.
After waiting 21 starts to pick up her first career shutout last week against Pacific, goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud notched her second-consecutive shutout after a relatively easy night between the posts. The junior did manage to make a key save however in the 62nd minute, her only stop on the night.
With the Bears attacking, forward Molly Brewer got a shot off that was headed for the top-right corner of the Jayhawk goal. Stroud managed to get some finger tips on it, turning what would have been a go-ahead goal for Missouri State into a corner kick.
The Jayhawks had several opportunities themselves throughout the match as they outshot the home team 11-5 on the night, including a 7-3 advantage in the opening half. But the Jayhawks were unable to get a single shot on frame until Lyden’s goal in the final minutes.
Kansas’ defense came up big once again, extending their streak to 266:30 consecutive minutes without allowing an opponent goal. Defenders Madi Hillis and Tayler Estrada played all 90 minutes for the second-straight match, while Haley Yearout and Caroline Van Slambrouck both saw more than 60 minutes of action.
The Jayhawks will now look for the weekend sweep when they return to Lawrence to play host to the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday, Sept. 1. Kickoff from the Jayhawk Soccer Complex is slated for 1 p.m. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.