Freshman Williams Sparks Jayhawks on Senior Day
Nov. 2, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
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. The Jayhawks' triumph moves them into a third-place tie with
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 teammate Monica Dolinsky tallied a pair of goals at
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.
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.
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. Friday's win marked the first ranked opponent KU has defeated since topping then-No. 12 Duke on Sept. 10 of last season. It was also the Jayhawks' sixth straight triumph over their Border Showdown rival.
KU will play sixth-seeded Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 Soccer Championship Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas. The No. 3 seed is the highest KU has received since being seeded No. 1 at the 2004 tournament.