Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska scored two goals in the opening 14 minutes, and No. 23-ranked Kansas University dropped its soccer season opener, 3-0, Friday at Barbara Hibner Stadium.
“We were obviously very slow to get going at the start of the game,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “Our speed of play was way too slow in the first 15 minutes, and we couldn’t get into any kind of rhythm. After the first 20 minutes, though, we settled down and had some opportunities, and (the better play) was all us in the second half. We had eight shots and their keeper had to make some really nice saves. I thought there were some good things that we did, but we need to come out ready to play from the first whistle. We have to learn from today and move forward.”
Senior forward Katie Kraeutner scored the Cornhuskers’ first goal in the ninth minute, and four minutes later senior defender Jaylyn Odermann flicked in a header after a well-placed cross found her inside the KU six-yard box.
Kansas, allowed multiple goals just three times all of last season.
Kansas had outshot the home team 13-7, with six shots for each team going on target.
KU will travel to Minnesota on Sunday. Match time is 2 p.m.