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Sunday, August 21, 2016

KU soccer tops Marquette

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Freshman Mandi Duggan scored her first career goal, and Kansas’ soccer team claimed its first victory of the season, 1-0 on Sunday night at Rock Chalk Park.

Duggan’s goal came in the 19th minute.

“Everyone who stepped on the field tonight brought energy, and I think that was the difference in the game,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “Marquette is a good team and they can really take it to you if you give them time and space, and I thought we did a good job of taking that away from them tonight. This was a good test for us and we’re really happy to come out with the win.”

Senior defender Morgan Williams found space down the right side of the field and unleashed a long, curling cross into the heart of the Marquette box. Duggan was in position to connect on a header for the lone goal of the game.

Eleven KU players had at least one shot, with junior Lois Heuchan and freshman Katie McClure getting three shots apiece. Junior goalkeeper Maddie Dobyns only needed to make one save and recorded her seventh career shutout.

The Jayhawks (1-1) will host Colorado at 7 p.m. Friday.

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