Friday, August 23, 2013

KU soccer drops opener


— A brief letdown doomed Kansas University’s soccer team to a 1-0, season-opening loss. Arkansas sophomore Ashleigh Ellenwood scored the match’s only goal in the fourth minute.

“The difference tonight was just a loss of focus on the small details in the early part of the game,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “Offensively, we may have outshot them but we didn’t do a great job of creating really good opportunities. On defense, our keeper, (Kaitlyn) Stroud, came up big because they had a ton of chances on set pieces.”

The Jayhawks outshot the Razorbacks 8-3 over the final 45 minutes of action, including a 4-1 advantage in shots on goal.

KU will host Pacific at noon Sunday.


Brett McCabe 1 year, 11 months ago

In both hockey and soccer, shots-on-goal is the most worthless statistic ever. Witness KU's first two games in which they've scored a grand total of one goal while "out shooting" both of their opponents.

The key to winning in both sports is to create turnovers through pressure and turn those opportunities into points. Turnovers create chaos, which opens space on the field.

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