Jayhawks Prepare for Kansas Invitational
Aug. 22, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas soccer continues its August slate as the Jayhawks host the Kansas Invitational at the KU Soccer Complex Aug. 24-26. The tournament will open Friday at 2:30 p.m. with the UNLV Rebels taking on the South Dakota State Jackrabbits and will be followed by the Kansas-Georgia matchup at 5 p.m. The matches continue Sunday with Georgia and SDSU hitting the pitch at 10:30 a.m., and conclude with the Jayhawks matching up with the Rebels at 1 p.m.
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ABOUT THE JAYHAWKS
KU’s early-season leader in goals is Williams with two, while senior forward Whitney Berry leads the squad in shots with nine. As a team the Jayhawks have averaged 19.5 shots per match.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
In their first two matches the Bulldogs averaged 1.5 goals per game and posted 23.0 shots per contest. UGA had three different point scorers in their opening two matches, as junior midfielder Alexa Newfield, junior defender Nikki Hill and freshman midfielder Bella Hartley each found the back of the net last weekend. The Bulldogs amassed a 23 shots per game average in their opening two matches and with 50 percent of those on goal.
The Bulldog defense held its opponents to a .5 goal average in its first weekend of the 2012 campaign and allowed eight shots per match. UGA’s senior goalkeeper Ashley Baker started both of the Bulldogs’ opening matches, posting a 0.46 goals against average and a .900 save percentage.
UGA head coach Steve Holeman is in his second season as the head coach of the Georgia women’s soccer program. He enters the season with an overall coaching record of 191-137-37, and a record of 26-11-6 while at Georgia.
SCOUTING THE REBELS
The Rebels are averaging three goals per match this year and posted 12 shots per game in their first two contests. Junior forward Jen Wolfe leads UNLV with three goals and six points while three others have found the back of the net once through the first two matches.
UNLV’s defense has 2.5 goals against average this season and has allowed 6.5 shots per match. Junior goalkeeper Kylie Wassell has played each minute of the Rebels’ two contests, posting a 2.5 goals against average and a .286 save percentage.
Head coach Michael Coll is in his first season at UNLV after spending the last eight years at Penn State as an assistant. During his tenure on the Nittany Lions’ staff, he helped guide the squad to five appearances in the NCAA Sweet 16, as well as a trip to the national semifinals in 2005. PSU claimed eight straight Big Ten championship titles during Coll’s tenure in Happy Valley.
LAST TIME OUT
Williams began the year in style, scoring her first career goal in the Jayhawks’ overtime victory over UC Santa Barbara, where she buried a left-footed shot from five yards out in the 97th minute. The freshman forward took three shots in the game, two of which were on frame.
The Albuquerque, N.M., native scored the Jayhawks’ lone goal in their second match of the weekend. Trailing 1-0, Williams evened the score four minutes into the second half on a strike from a cross. Her second goal of the weekend would not be enough however as the Jayhawks dropped the game in overtime, 2-1.
Sunday’s overtime loss to Northwestern snapped a streak of five consecutive wins or ties in overtime matches, which dated back to the first match of the 2011 season. KU won three-straight matches that went to extra time last year, before tying Texas A&M in the Big 12 Championship. The Jayhawks opened this year with a 2-1 overtime victory over UC Santa Barbara.
Senior midfielder/forward Whitney Berry (eight goals, 13 assists) leads the way, while sophomore forwards Ingrid Vidal (11 goals, six assists) and Jamie Fletcher (seven goals, four assists) as well as junior forward Caroline Kastor (six goals, seven assists), sophomore midfielder Liana Salazar (five goals, one assist) and junior midfielder Amy Grow (five goals, one assist) all return to the starting lineup.
KU also brings back starting three starting defenders in senior Shelby Williamson and juniors Madi Hillis and Shannon Renner. The goalkeeping duo of sophomore Kaitlyn Stroud and senior Kat Liebetrau also returns for the Jayhawks. Last season, Stroud posted a 1.81 goals against average, making 73 saves in 13 starts.