Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kansas soccer falls on PKs


— Kansas University’s soccer team threw a scare into second-seeded Texas A&M;, but the Aggies won their Big 12 Championship opener, 5-3 on penalty kicks, on Wednesday.

The teams played to a 3-all tie through regulation and the two overtimes.

Both teams made their first three penalty kicks.

A&M;’s Jordan Day made a diving stop on Ingrid Vidal’s attempt, and Merritt Mathias clinched the victory for the Aggies with a kick over Kansas freshman goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud.

Kansas (11-8-1) now must wait to see if it will get an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

Texas A&M; (13-5-2) will face Missouri in the next round.


Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 6 months ago

good news? our best players return for next year. Bad news? this team could have made the NCAAs if we could have stopped Missouri from scoring three goals in six minutes.

some disappointing losses including this one...but they were can't say this team wasn't boring.

Go Jayhawks!

Mulder07 10 years, 6 months ago

Add Mark Francis to the list of coaches that need to be replaced at KU next year. A 3 - 5 record in the Big 12 just isn't good enough. With amazing soccer talent in the Kansas City area, it is inexcusable that the Jayhawks aren't the Big 12 conference champions every year. The sad part is that the best talent in the Kansas City area doesn't even get recruited by KU. The top two Gatorade high school players of the year took scholarship offers from Nebraska and Iowa. If you can't keep the top players in your own backyard from leaving, it's a poor reflection on the KU coaching staff. A record of 11-8-1 isn't good enough to get an invite to the NCAA tournament. Our AD needs to get busy and remove all of the head coaches at KU that A) can't finish in the top half of the conference and B) can't make an appearance in the NCAA tournament. KU fans should not be willing to accept mediocrity. The objective of big time college athletics is to win. Period. To accept anything else is mediocrity.

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 6 months ago

i agree with your KC talent exodus...but disagree with about everything else. Francis has led KU soccer to multiple winning seasons in the league...including a 2004 league title.

this year was clearly a rebuilding year...and we've rebuilt pretty well. winning three league contests with a couple of near misses says this team is going to be pretty darn good. this is one of our non-rev sports that we compete well in the league...year in and year out.

texashawk10 10 years, 6 months ago

Francis is not one of the coaches that needs to go this year. It would cost somewhere between $400,000-500,000 to buy him out and KU is returning nearly every relevant player next year off a team that improved by 5 wins this season. There's only 3 seniors on this team and I believe all but a couple of players who tallied points this year are freshmen and sophomores so this is a team that will be a high powered offense for another 2-3 years. KU had absolutely no problems scoring goals this year unlike last season, but the problem this year was the goaltending. Seeing that the primary goalie for KU this year was a freshmen, hopefully her experience will help her improve next year because even with halfway decent goalkeeping, this is a team that can win the Big 12 and make a run in the NCAA tournament.

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