Freshman defender Katie Williams scored a pair of goals three minutes, 30 seconds apart in the second half, while senior goalkeeper Colleen Quinn made eight saves as the Kansas soccer team to a 2-1 triumph over No. 18 Missouri Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The win, KU’s third straight, moves the team to 7-9-4 overall and 5-2-3 in Big 12 play, while the Tigers drop to 12-6 overall and 6-4 in the conference. For the moment, the Jayhawks’ triumph moves them into a second-place tie with Missouri. A Texas loss to Colorado this evening would give KU the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Soccer Championships, which open on Wednesday in San Antonio, Texas.
Friday evening, Williams finished a pair of corner kicks with her head midway through the second half. She became the first freshman to record a multi-goal match since Caroline Smith’s two-goal performance against Colorado on Sept. 27, 2002 and the first freshman defender to score two goals in a match.
Missouri opened the scoring early in the first half as Michelle Collins recorded her 11th goal of the season with a shot from the far side of the box at 13:12. The Tigers attacked hard in the first half, outshooting the home team, 13-5.
In the 71st minute, the Jayhawks tied the score as Williams used her head to direct a Monica Dolinsky corner kick inside the near post as the Jayhawks tied the score at one.
Less than four minutes later, Williams did the same thing on the far post off a Shannon McCabe corner kick. The freshman defender became the third different Jayhawk to record two goals in a match this season, joining sophomore Kim Boyer (at Texas Tech) and junior Sara Rogers (vs. Nebraska).
After allowing 13 shots in the first half, KU’s defense shut the door through most of the second half. Missouri was held to just eight shots in the final 45 minutes, with a majority of them coming in the final 12 minutes of play.
After the early mistake, Quinn settled down and made saves on the final six shots the Tigers put on net, including an open blast from 16 yards out by Kristin Andrighetto with just over six minutes remaining. It marked the fifth straight contest that Quinn has held KU’s opponent to one goal or less. KU earned four wins and a tie in those matches.
KU collected 12 shots in the match, including two each by Dolinsky, freshman Rachel Morris, senior Emily Strinden and Williams.
The Jayhawks opened the season with just one win in their first 10 matches, but went 6-1-2 after Oct. 1, including victories in their final three contests.
KU finished the evening by honoring its five seniors as Kelsey Archuleta, Nicole Cauzillo, Quinn, Afton Sauer and Strinden were all recognized with a postgame ceremony.
KU will play either at 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 Soccer Championships at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio. KU’s opponent will also be determined after action this evening.