Friday, November 7, 2003

Kilpatrick’s goal lifts Jayhawks past Sooners in Big 12 tourney


— Kansas University's Jessica Kilpatrick scored the only goal of the contest as No. 3-seeded Kansas University defeated No. 6 seed Oklahoma, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference soccer tournament Thursday at Blossom Soccer Stadium.

Kilpatrick, a freshman midfielder from Englewood, Colo., scored her fourth goal of the season for the Jayhawks at the 36:26 mark in the first half off a cross pass by sophomore forward Caroline Smith.

The rest of the game was a defensive battle. Kansas and Oklahoma each had 14 shots, and Jayhawk keeper Meghan Miller registered five saves.

The Sooners had their best scoring chance of the first half near the 4:30 mark when Lauren MacIver sent a long ball up the middle, setting up Becky Nelson for a shot that went just over the crossbar.

After 45 minutes, KU held a 8-5 shot advantage.

With just more than six minutes remaining, Oklahoma keeper Catherine Wade was removed to give the Sooners an extra attacker, but KU didn't give up the tying goal.

Kansas, 16-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the Big 12 Conference, will meet No. 7-seed Oklahoma State at 7:30 p.m. today in the semifinals. Nebraska, the No. 4 seed, will take on No. 8-seeded Missouri in the other semifinal at 5 p.m.

The Tigers beat top-seeded Colorado, 2-0. It was the first time in the history of the Big 12 tournament that the top seed was ousted in the opening round.

OSU defeated No. 2 seed Texas, 1-0, leaving KU as the top remaining seed.

No. 4 Nebraska handed No. 5 Texas A&M; a 2-1 defeat in the opening minutes of overtime.

The Sooners fell to 8-6-5.

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