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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

KU women’s soccer to open nine-game season on Sept. 11 at Texas

KU sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Peters makes a diving save against TCU during the Big 12 Soccer Championship at Children's Mercy Victory Field in Kansas City, Missouri on November 10, 2019. (Scott D. Weaver/Big 12 Conference)

KU sophomore goalkeeper Sarah Peters makes a diving save against TCU during the Big 12 Soccer Championship at Children's Mercy Victory Field in Kansas City, Missouri on November 10, 2019. (Scott D. Weaver/Big 12 Conference)

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The Kansas women's soccer program will open the pandemic-shortened 2020 season on Sept. 11 at Texas, KU announced Tuesday.

Fresh off of their first ever Big 12 tournament title and a trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks will play nine games this fall against Big 12 foes and call it a season.

Despite the elimination of this season's nonconference matches and postseason play, KU coach Mark Francis said his team had shown great energy and intensity during the first few weeks of practice.

“It’s been good," Francis recently told the Journal-World. "They just haven’t played in so long or trained in so long, they haven’t had that opportunity. So the first couple of weeks we just focused on getting back to playing and getting used to it.”

After opening on the road at Texas, KU will host Oklahoma for their home opener on Sept. 18 at Rock Chalk Park.

From there, KU will host Texas Tech (Sept. 25), Oklahoma State (Oct. 16), TCU (Oct. 23) and Iowa State (Nov. 6) and will travel to Kansas State (Oct. 2), Baylor (Oct. 9) and West Virginia (Oct. 30).

Kansas will return seven starters and 18 letterwinners from last season’s team that finished 17-5-3.

“We are excited to still be able to have the opportunity to compete this fall amidst all the uncertainty,” Francis said in a news release announcing the schedule. “To be able to put our student-athletes in an environment as competitive as the Big 12 is a massive bonus and I look forward to testing our players in nine very tough games over the next few months.”

2020 Kansas women's soccer schedule

Sept. 11 - at Texas

Sept. 18 - vs. Oklahoma

Sept. 25 - vs. Texas Tech

Oct. 2 - at Kansas State

Oct. 9 - at Baylor

Oct. 16 - vs. Oklahoma State

Oct. 23 - vs. TCU

Oct. 30 - at West Virginia

Nov. 6 - vs. Iowa State

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 weeks ago

Is returning 7 starters and 18 letter winners good? 30 years ago I coached a JV team for a couple years but remember next to nothing. 11 starters?

It would be nice to learn more about the team and their situation.

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