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Friday, October 23, 2020

No. 8 Kansas falls to No. 5 TCU in Big 12 soccer clash

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The 8th-ranked Kansas soccer team dropped its first home match of the season on Thursday night, falling 2-0 to No. 5 TCU at Rock Chalk Park.

The match was the second consecutive clash of Top 10 teams involving the Jayhawks, who fell to 4-2 on the season with the loss.

TCU (5-0-1) scored early when Tijana Duricek netted a goal in the 25th minute of the first half en route to out-shooting the Jayhawks 10-3 in the first 45 minutes.

The Jayhawks responded by out-shooting the Horned Frogs 13-3 in the second half, but KU was unable to find the back of the net.

TCU extended its lead to 2-0 when Yazmeen Ryan scored in the 56th minute of the match.

“Credit to the kids, we battled in the second half," KU coach Mark Francis said after the loss. "The formation change created more offense for us. We just didn’t execute on the opportunities that we had.”

KU is now 2-1-0 at home this season and, despite the loss, the Jayhawks lead the all-time series with TCU 5-4-3.

Kansas hits the road for the third time this season when it plays at No. 6 West Virginia next Fridayat 6 p.m. The match will be broadcast live via Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

WVU leads the overall series with KU, 7-2-1, but KU is 2-0-1 in the last three games against West Virginia.

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