For the first time in program history, two members of the Kansas soccer team were selected in the National Women’s Soccer League draft after Katie McClure and Addisyn Merrick were picked Thursday afternoon.
From titles and first-time triumphs to legal issues and hope for the football program, the past 12 months delivered several memorable moments and stories that will be talked about for years to come for athletic programs at the University of Kansas.
It didn’t end the way the Jayhawks had hoped, but 2019 will always be a special season for the Kansas women’s soccer program.
A couple of hours before today’s 1 p.m. Sweet 16 matchup with fifth-ranked and second-seeded South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., the third-seeded Kansas soccer team will put its faith in the shuffling skills of junior defender Isabella Cavalcante.
The third-seeded Kansas women’s soccer team is still alive and on the brink of history. Powered by a hat trick off the strong right foot of senior forward Katie McClure, the Jayhawks knocked off Xavier, 3-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday afternoon in Columbia, S.C. By Matt Tait
Kansas goalkeeper Sarah Peters has made 75 saves during a sensational sophomore season. Yet one stop in Big 12 play perfectly illustrated the growth she has made in just one year. Shane Jackson
Kansas’ women’s soccer team has been on a roll in recent weeks. The Jayhawks won their first Big 12 tournament title two weeks ago. They kicked off their NCAA Tournament appearance with a Round 1 victory over Iowa last weekend at Rock Chalk Park. Last Friday night, the team was greeted by a standing ovation at Allen Fieldhouse after trotting their Big 12 trophy onto the court.
There’s been a steady momentum building around Kansas soccer over the last 10 matches, especially given the start to the 2019 NCAA tournament.
It took almost 70 minutes for Kansas soccer to break through, but a quick strike inside the box from sophomore Kailey Lane proved to be the difference between keeping a season alive and going home early.
Coming off the first Big 12 Championship title in school history, there’s a growing confidence among Kansas soccer coaches and players heading into the NCAA Tournament.
It’s not a particularly pleasant memory for Kansas soccer, but the 4-1 loss to North Carolina in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament provided much-needed guidance.
There’s a theory floating around the Kansas athletic department that suggests that brand new, first-rate facilities for the KU football program will help the Jayhawks return to their winning ways. The resurgence of the Kansas women’s soccer program is proof positive that such a vision can come true. By Matt Tait
For the third time in four seasons and the ninth time in program history, the University of Kansas soccer team earned a bid to the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship when the field was announced Monday afternoon.
After a scoreless first half, Kansas soccer searched for one slight misstep from the TCU defense. And in the 55th minute, that came in the form of junior forward Mandi Duggan sneaking a shot inside the near post for a go-ahead goal.
Eva Eliasdottir’s golden goal in the final minute of double overtime propelled No. 21 Kansas past No. 10 Oklahoma State, 2-1, Friday night in the Big 12 Championship semifinal at Swope Soccer Village.