A pair of first-half goals were enough to propel No. 25 Kansas past West Virginia, 2-0, Sunday afternoon at Swope Soccer Village. Senior Katie McClure tallied her 14th goal of the season, while junior Isabella Cavalcante turned in her first of the year.
The win improved the Jayhawks to 13-4-3 on the year, giving KU its most victories in a season since 2014.
The Jayhawks wasted little time putting in the game’s first goal, as McClure got on the end of a rebound and put her team on top in the 17th minute of the match. The goal was her fifth in her last five outings and brought her season total to 14, the second-most ever by a Jayhawk in a single season.
It only took 13 more minutes for Kansas to find the back of the net for the second time. A corner kick service from Ceri Holland was headed down and to the center of the WVU box by sophomore Kailey Lane. From there, Cavalcante used a swift, right-footed kick to send the ball past Mountaineer keeper Rylee Foster.
The fifth-seeded Jayhawks will advance to the Big 12 semifinals for the first time since 2015 and will meet top-seeded Oklahoma State at 4:30 p.m. Friday.