Lubbock, Texas Reigning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Janine Beckie scored the only goal in the 56th minute, and Texas Tech goalkeeper Lauren Watson had eight saves as the No. 21-ranked Red Raiders edged Kansas University, 1-0, in Big 12 soccer on Friday at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
KU (8-7-1 overall, 3-3-0 Big 12) suffered its second straight shutout. Tech improved to 9-3-5 and 2-2-3.
“We had the better chances today, but the difference in the game was a quality finish by a quality player,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to capitalize on our chances like they did, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. We need to regroup. Sunday is obviously a massive game for us. I’m confident though because if we play like we did today, we’ll have a good chance for sure.”
Kansas saw a glimmer of hope with three minutes remaining in regulation when senior Liana Salazar got a promising shot off from 16 yards out. Salazar’s try appeared to be headed for a goal but was tipped over the crossbar for Watson’s most impressive and important save of the match.
The Jayhawks outshot the Red Raiders 22-14 and were led by Salazar, who added five to the KU stat sheet. KU also amassed eight corners kicks in the match, its most in Big 12 play this season.
KU will play its final road match of the regular season on Sunday at Oklahoma State. Match time is 1 p.m.