KU’s Season Ends with 3-0 Loss to West Virginia in Kansas City

Kansas and West Virginia met under the lights at newly-buily Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.

No. 1 West Virginia 3, No. 8 Kansas 0
Swope Soccer Village
Kansas City, Mo.

1st 2nd Final
#8 Kansas 0 0 0
#1 W. Virginia 2 1 3

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Min. Scorer (assist)
WVU 18′ Frances Silva (unassisted)
WVU 26′ Frances Silva (PK)
WVU 56′ Tessa Broadwater (Lawrence)
Goalkeeper Min. GA Svs
KU Kaitlyn Stroud 90:00 3 8
WVU Sara Keene 90:00 0 0
Stats at a Glance KU WVU
Shots 7 20
Shots on Goal 0 11
Fouls 5 8
Corners 2 10
Offsides 2 2
Saves 8 0
Yellow Cards 1 0
Red Cards 0 0

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A pair of early goals from West Virginia’s senior forward Frances Silva proved to be too much to overcome for the Kansas Jayhawks as they fell to the Mountaineers, 3-0, Wednesday night in the Big 12 Championship at Swope Soccer Village. The loss marks the third-straight season Kansas’ season has ended in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.
The loss gives KU a final 2013 record of 7-11-2 after finishing with a regular-season conference record of 2-5-1. Top-seeded West Virginia advances to Friday’s semifinal boasting a record of 14-3-2.
“I was proud of the way our girls battled in the second half,” said head coach Mark Francis. “You have to hand it to West Virginia. They’re a good team, especially offensively with so many weapons. Two of their goals came off a free kick and a PK though, so in the run of play I thought we actually handled them pretty well.”
In a reminiscent start to that of the teams’ regular-season meeting, when WVU put in a pair of first half goals within three minutes of each other, the Mountaineers again took advantage of a pair chances in the early stages of the match.
The first came in the 18th minute when Silva, a native of Overland Park, Kan., found space in front of the Kansas 18-yard box before being the victim of a tackle that drew the whistle from the referee. Silva lined up her free kick from just outside the top of the box and slotted in her 13th of the season over the Jayhawk wall and to the left of a diving KU keeper, Kaitlyn Stroud.
Only eight minutes later Silva was at it again, this time the benefactor of a Jayhawk foul on her teammate inside Kansas’ penalty box, which earned Silva the open shot at her second of the night. She converted, digging KU into a 2-0 hole just over 25 minutes into the match.  
Opportunities were few and far between for the KU offense for the remainder of the match as the Jayhawks were able to send in seven shots on the night, however none were put on goal, a season low.
The Mountaineers added to their lead 11 minutes into second half with a right-footed strike from Tessa Broadwater. The freshman midfielder was found at the end of a cross into the KU box and slotted in her second of the year to give her team a nearly insurmountable 3-0 lead.
The Jayhawks battled but were unable to tally any legitimate attacks over the final 30 minutes of action.
Leading the way for the Jayhawks on the stat sheet was senior Caroline Kastor and sophomore Ashley Williams who each managed two shots apiece. KU’s goalkeeper, Stroud, amassed eight saves on the night, her second-highest total of the year.
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