The Kansas women’s soccer team achieved something this week that had not been done in 16 years.
After jumping out to a 2-0 start, with shutout victories over Texas and preseason Big 12 favorite Texas Tech, the Jayhawks were ranked No. 6 in the latest United Coaches soccer poll, according to the program’s Twitter account.
That ties for the highest that head coach Mark Francis’ squad has been ranked since Week 7 of the 2004 season.
In addition, a trio Jayhawks earned weekly honors for their efforts in the Jayhawks’ most recent victory.
Freshman Kate Dreyer earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors, while senior Kathryn Castro was listed on TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Team of the Week and junior goalkeeper Sarah Peters was named a TDS Team of the Week honorable mention selection
In just her second career game, Dreyer, a native of Tulsa, Okla., helped the KU defense limit Texas Tech to just nine shots, with four on target for the night. Dreyer played all 90 minutes for the second consecutive game.
Castro scored the game-winner last Friday night in KU’s 1-0 victory over the Red Raiders, and Peters recorded the 22nd shutout of her Kansas career.
Dreyer, Castro, Peters and the rest of the sixth-ranked Jayhawks will be back in action on Friday, when they travel to Manhattan for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State. Start time from Buser Family Park is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.