Late Goal Lifts Longhorns Over Jayhawks, 1-0

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Texas 1, Kansas 0
Jayhawk Soccer Complex // Lawrence, Kan.

Junior Jamie Fletcher led KU with three shots
Sunday against Texas.

1st 2nd Final
Texas 0 1 1
Kansas 0 0 0
UT 86′ Aaron Strawser (unassisted)
Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
UT Abby Smith 90:00 0 3
KU Kaitlyn Stroud 90:00 0 7
Stats at a Glance UT KU
Shots 15 12
Shots on Goal 8 3
Saves 3 7
Offsides 3 2
Corner Kicks 7 5
Fouls 14 11
Yellow Cards 1 1
Red Cards 0 0

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Texas sophomore Aaron Strawser’s goal with less than four minutes remaining broke a 0-0 tie and was eventually the difference as the Longhorns topped the Kansas Jayhawks Sunday afternoon inside the KU Soccer Complex.
The Jayhawks fell to 5-6-2 this season, including a 0-1-1 record following their first weekend of league play. Texas moved to 9-4-1 in its 2013 campaign and now has a 3-1-0 mark in the Big 12.
In a game that saw few offensive chances, goal scoring was at a premium on a cool and windy afternoon in Lawrence. Both teams combined for 27 shots on the day, however only 11 were put on goal.
KU saw several chances throughout the match to put in the game’s first score. In the second minute of the second half, a ball sent back to UT goalkeeper Abby Smith was misplayed and Kansas almost saw the ball roll in to the open Longhorn net. However, a Texas defender made a sliding save to keep the ball out of the goal and the score tied at 0-0.
Just a minute later, sophomore Hanna Kallmaier connected on a header off a free kick just yards from the UT goal line. Her shot slammed of the left post and was quickly snatched up by Smith.
In the 63rd minute sophomore Courtney Dickerson played in a high cross into the UT box which found the head of junior Jamie Fletcher. Fletcher’s header evaded the Texas keeper but sailed just inches high of the frame, again coming close to putting in the first score of the match.
With each team scrambling to put in the go-ahead goal in regulation’s final minutes, Texas was able to capitalize. In the 86th minutes the visitors sent a ball into Kansas’ half of the field which was picked up by Strawser. The midfielder took the ball down the right side of the field and chipped a shot toward the far post from just inside the KU penalty box. The lopped shot managed to stay just out of the reach of the Jayhawk keeper Kaitlyn Stroud and flew inside the top left corner of the frame.
Kansas made several frantic attempts over the final minutes of the match but none managed to present any significant threat. The full time whistle signaled the end of the game just moments after Texas’ game-winning goal and handed Kansas its first conference loss of the season.
The junior, Fletcher, led her squad with three shots on the day, while the Jayhawks had a quartet of players who each tallied a pair of shoots. KU’s three shots on frame were the team’s second fewest of the 2013 season.
Stroud corralled seven saves over the 90 minutes to mark her seventh match this year with five or more stops. The junior has now amassed 159 saves for her KU career, which moved her to fifth on the school’s all-time saves chart.
The Jayhawks will continue conference play next weekend when they welcome in the TCU Horned Frogs to Lawrence. Kansas and TCU are slated to kickoff at 4 p.m., from the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The official online source for Kansas Athletics, Williams Education Fund contributions, tickets, merchandise, multimedia, photos and much, much more.