Kansas University senior Monica Dolinsky scored her first goal of the season and added an assist, while sophomore Emily Cressy and freshman Whitney Berry also scored in the Jayhawks’ 3-1 soccer victory over Long Beach State on Friday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
KU scored in the eighth minute on a free kick by Dolinsky to the far post. Nearly 20 minutes later, Caitlin Noble passed to Cressy in the middle of the box. Cressy used her head to direct in her second goal of the season. KU built a 3-0 lead just before halftime as Dolinsky passed to Berry, who outraced the LBSU defense for her second goal of the season.
Goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau made four saves, including three in the second half. KU held a 13-12 edge in shots. Cressy had six shots, including four on net. Dolinsky chipped in with three shots.
“As a team, I think we came out on fire,” Dolinsky said. “In the second half, we definitely needed to pick it up. We slowed down and played with a 3-0 comfortable lead. I think as a team we need to play both halves of the game.”
KU (4-0) will meet Rhode Island at noon Sunday at Jayhawk Soccer Complex.