Morgantown, W.Va. No. 3-ranked West Virginia scored two goals in the first 20 minutes and cruised to a 6-0 Big 12 soccer rout of Kansas University on Friday at Dick Dlesk Stadium.
WVU (13-1-1, 4-0-1) extended its unbeaten streak to 13 games. Kansas (8-6-1, 3-2-0) suffered its worst league loss since a 6-0 loss to Missouri on Oct. 31, 2008.
“West Virginia is a very good team, but to be honest, I thought we made it very easy on them tonight,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “We created some chances tonight, but we have to be better. We need to move past this one, though. We still have a lot to play for. We have three big games left, so we need to regroup.”
West Virginia scored the only goal it would need less than four minutes into the match when a shot from senior forward Kailey Utley was deflected to the back of the KU net by a Jayhawk defender. The Utley goal brought the Kansas opponent scoreless streak to an end at 307 minutes, the 10th-longest streak in program history.
The Mountaineers built upon their lead less than 15 minutes later. Junior Ashley Lawrence beat the Kansas defense to a long through ball to the center of the Jayhawk penalty area. Lawrence used a light toe poke to redirect it passed KU goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns for West Virginia’s second goal of the night. The score marked just the fourth time Kansas has allowed multiple goals this season.
The Jayhawks were outshot in the match 23-10 and managed to get just three shots on goal, their lowest total of the season.
Freshman Parker Roberts led KU with three shots on the night.
Kansas will play Friday at Texas Tech and Sunday at Oklahoma State.