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Saturday, September 6, 2008

KU soccer moves to 3-0

The Kansas soccer team is a perfect 3-0 after knocking off Alabama Birmingham Friday evening, 5-2.

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Kansas' Monica Dolinsky, left, fights for the ball with an Alabama-Birmingham player Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Dolinsky scored a goal in the Jayhawks' 5-2 victory.

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KU's Emily Cressy (21), center, celebrates her goal with teammates in the Jayhawks home soccer match against University of Alabama Friday, Sept. 5, 2008.

Freshmen forwards Kortney Clifton and Emily Cressy scored two goals apiece, and Jessica Bush recorded a pair of assists in Kansas University's 5-2 soccer victory over Alabama-Birmingham on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Junior Monica Dolinsky scored off a penalty kick for the Jayhawks in erasing a 1-0 deficit.

The Jayhawks improved to 3-0, their best start since winning six in a row to open the 2004 season. The Blazers fell to 0-4.

In the 19th minute, Cressy recorded her second game-winning goal in a row when she took a feed from Bush and blasted it past the keeper on the near corner. It gave the Jayhawks a 3-2 lead and ended a five-goal flurry for the first 19 minutes.

Following the Cressy goal, KU took control, allowing just one more shot to reach goalkeeper Julie Hanley. The Jayhawks outshot the visiting Blazers, 10-5, over the final 70 minutes.

Cressy completed her first regular-season multi-goal match in the 51st minute with another shot off a long pass chipped over the defense. In just three matches, the freshman has four goals and an assist.

The five goals were the most scored by a KU team since 2004, when the Jayhawks defeated Texas Tech, 5-0.

The victory is Kansas' sixth straight at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex, dating back to the final three regular-season matches of last year.

KU will travel Sunday to SMU.

Match time is 1 p.m.

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