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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Kansas soccer edges ’Pack

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Lawrence Journal-World

Jamie Fletcher, center, heads the ball between defenders in the Jayhawks' soccer match against North Carolina State on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2012, at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Junior forward Caroline Kastor picked up her second-consecutive two-goal match to help Kansas University to a 3-2 victory over North Carolina State on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

The victory extended KU’s current unbeaten streak to six games and lifted Kansas to 6-1-1 on the season. The loss snapped N.C. State’s five-game winning streak and dropped the Wolfpack to 5-3.

Kastor found the net twice in the second period on nearly identical goals just over one minute apart.

With the score tied at 1 in the 57th minute, a streaking Kastor found herself on the end of a Jamie Fletcher through ball. Kastor flashed past the N.C. State defense and knocked in her sixth goal of the season past to push the Jayhawks ahead, 2-1.

With NCSU defense regrouping only a minute later, Kastor again shot down the right side and was found, this time by senior midfielder Whitney Berry on a long pass downfield. Kastor dribbled around a defender and Wolfpack goalkeeper Victoria Hopkins to chip in her second goal of the day and seventh of the season.

Kastor has now scored two goals in back-to-back games for the first time in her KU career.

In the first half, Berry started the scoring in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season.

KU will host Denver at 5 p.m. Friday.

Comments

texashawk10 2 years, 3 months ago

Nice to see KU getting some results against the BCS conference schools on their schedule. Defense is still a little suspect which will be the biggest factor in whether this ends up being another bubble team or a team that contends for the Big 12 title this year. KU's offense has been putting a huge number of shots on goal so this team can score on anybody and they've done it so far without their two Colombian olympians having played a single minute this season. It's just a matter of whether or not the defense can prevent the other team from getting good looks because most of the opposing shots on goal have been goals this year. This is a very young team with the majority of the players taking the pitch being underclassmen and they are already having pretty good success making the NCAA tournament this and they will only get better over the next 2-3 years as the continue to grow and improve as players and I look forward to watch these girls get better.

BigBlue4KU 2 years, 3 months ago

What happend to Vidal and Salazar? Did they not return to school after the Olympics?

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