Thursday, November 1, 2012

KU soccer falls in Big 12 tourney, 2-0 to Texas Tech


— The postseason might be a short one for the Kansas University soccer team, which was eliminated, 2-0 by Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship on Wednesday afternoon.

The sixth-seeded Jayhawks (10-8-2) kept up with the third-seeded Red Raiders in the first half, outshooting their opponents 8-3 (3-0 on goal). Both teams remained scoreless into the second half before Texas Tech all-conference freshman Janine Beckie scored in the 58th minute.

KU freshmen Ashley Williams and Courtney Dickerson couldn’t convert on potential equalizers in the 76th, 77th and 78th minutes and Tech senior Dawn Ward all but clinched the game with a five-yard score in the 82nd minute.

The Jayhawks’ final attempts on goal bounced off the Red Raiders’ cross bar and were otherwise deflected, dropping Kansas to 3-9-3 in 12 appearances at the conference tournament. KU has not advanced in the tourney since a victory against Texas Tech during the 2009 season.

Dickerson led the KU offense with a team-high four shots, all on goal.

Kansas will now wait for the NCAA Tournament field to be announced on Nov. 5.


Dyrk Dugan 5 years, 7 months ago

we need some scorers...some strikers. we haven't been able to score consistently since we had Caroline Smith...the only time we won the league title eight years ago.

this team was shut out, way too often.

hopefully, we're young and can develop, but just like the national team, we need forwards that get the ball and fire it in the net in all kinds of fashions.

Go Jayhawks!

texashawk10 5 years, 7 months ago

KU had no problem scoring goals last year with Ingrid Vidal playing, but I have no idea why she, (and Liana Salazar for that matter didn't play at all this year. I don't know what effect the Olympics had on those two as they both played on Colombia's national team and then didn't play a single minute this year. Vidal and Kastor would've been an awesome 1-2 scoring punch for KU this year. Maybe next year, but it sucks to be losing Whitney Berry who was a great distributor for KU. Maybe Salazar can come in and fill that role next year or Jamie Fletcher. It's frustrating because KU was a great offensive team last year, but couldn't stop anybody and this year their defense was much improved, but they couldn't score to take advantage of it because the offense struggled. Hopefully the 7 points scored against top 25 teams (W's vs. Georgia and Okie St. and tie at Wake Forest) will be enough to boost their resume to get into the NCAA tournament again this year.

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