Kansas Looks to Stay Unbeaten at Colorado College Invitational
Sept. 9, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Following the team's second 5-0 start in as many seasons, the Kansas soccer team will look to keep things rolling at the Colorado College Invitational at Stewart Field in Colorado Springs this weekend. The Jayhawks will face Denver Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., before facing host Colorado College at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday.
Statistical updates from both matches will be available via Gametracker, which is produced by CBS College Sports. The link for Gametracker is available on the kuathletics.com web site. Colorado College is also providing live video for both contests on their web site (www.cctigers.com) for a $7 subscription fee.
About the Jayhawks
Kansas has won its first five matches of the 2009 season, marking the second-straight year that the team has won five in a row to open the season. Last weekend, KU defeated Long Beach State and Rhode Island by 3-1 scores.
The Jayhawks have featured a very balanced offensive attack as six different players have scored goals, while 10 different Jayhawks have points. Defensively, KU has held its opposition to an 0.60 goals against average and 11.8 shots per match.
Scouting the Pioneers
Denver enters the match with Kansas at 3-1-1, having split a pair of contests this past weekend. The Pioneers fell to in-state rival Colorado, 1-0, before knocking off Colgate, 1-0, in double overtime. Like the Jayhawks, DU has also been air-tight on defense this season, allowing just three goals in five matches.
The Pioneers' offense is led by senior midfielder Kelli Breidenbach, who scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute against Colgate on Sunday. She has two goals and four points this year. Seniors Lizzy Carlson and Mariah Johnston are tied for the team-lead with two assists. In goal, freshman Lara Campbell has been among the nation's best, posting an 0.54 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. She has made 30 saves in 33 chances so far this season.
This marks the first meeting between Kansas and Denver since KU ended the Pioneers' season last year at the NCAA Tournament. This will be the first regular-season meeting between the teams.
Scouting the Tigers
Colorado College enters the weekend at 2-2 after sweeping a pair of matches the first weekend of the year, and then dropping a pair last weekend at the Washington Invite. The Tigers have scored six goals, but have given up eight this season. CC will face TCU on Friday before taking on the Jayhawks in the final match of the Colorado College Invitational on Sunday.
Junior forward Tiffany Brown leads the Tigers with a goal and three assists this season, while redshirt juniors Kelly Lavoie and Emily Beans have each recorded a pair of goals. In goal, sophomore Caitlyn Hulyo has played all 360 minutes, has a 2.00 goals against average and has made 15 saves in 23 chances.
This will be the first contest between Kansas and Colorado College on the soccer pitch. The Jayhawks are 9-4 all-time against teams from Conference USA.
Dolinsky Earns Three Weekly Honors
Senior midfielder Monica Dolinsky was selected Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week as well as to the Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week following her performances against Long Beach State and Rhode Island.
Dolinsky, a senior from Carmel, Ind., scored two goals and collected two assists this past weekend, including the game-winning goal against Rhode Island Sunday. The senior midfielder is the third Jayhawk to be honored by the Big 12 this season.
Jayhawks Move Up To No. 13 In Soccer America
Following its 5-0 start, the Kansas soccer team finds itself ranked 13th in this week's Soccer America poll. The No. 13 ranking is the highest for the Jayhawks since Nov. 9, 2004, when the team was also ranked No. 13 in the Soccer Times poll.
KU defeated Long Beach State and Rhode Island by 3-1 scores over the weekend at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex to start 5-0 for the second consecutive season. This marks the third time in team history that the Jayhawks have won at least five-straight matches to open the season.
Cressy Comes Alive
Sophomore forward Emily Cressy has again gotten off to a fast start this season. The 5-foot-4 forward has scored three goals in KU's last four matches to give her the team lead. Fast starts are nothing new to Cressy, who scored five goals and recorded 11 points in KU's first seven contests last season.
She became the second-fastest Jayhawk to collect 10 goals in her career, reaching that total in her 26th career match.