Jayhawks Return Home to Close Out Big 12 Play
Oct. 17, 2012
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas soccer returns home this weekend for a pair of league matches at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. KU will kickoff against the Iowa State Cyclones Friday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. before hitting the pitch versus the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.
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About the Jayhawks
As a team, the Jayhawks have allowed just over one goal per match and are finding the back of the net 1.56 times per match. The Jayhawks have held their opponents to just 11.3 shots per game and four shots on goal per game. Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud has started seven of KU’s previous eight matches and sports a 1.20 goals against average and has collected 24 saves.
Scouting the Cyclones
Iowa State features the Big 12’s points and goals leader, funior forward Jennifer Dominguez, who has scored 13 of ISU’s 34 goals this season. Sophomore Ashley Johnson is the team leader in assists with five, while Dominguez leads the squad in shots and shots on goal with 39 and 22, respectively. Dominquez has also collected four game-winning goals this year.
The Cyclone defense has held its opponents to 1.12 goals per game in 2012 but has notched seven shutouts in 17 outings this season. Iowa State’s junior goalkeeper Maddie Jobe has played the majority of the minutes in goal for ISU this year and has posted three shutouts. Jobe is second in the Big 12 in save percentage, stopping 83.1 percent of opponent shots on frame this year. She has collected 49 saves and has a .92 goals against average.
Wendy Dillinger is in her fifth season as the head coach of the Iowa State women’s soccer program. In her four years at Iowa State, Dillinger has coached the Cyclones to multiple victories over nationally ranked teams, wins over NCAA Championship-bound squads and triumphs over teams that were defending Big 12 Conference regular-season and post-season champions.
Scouting the Red Raiders
The Red Raiders have three players who have scored five goals or more this season and are led by freshman forward Janine Beckie in goals, who has tallied nine in her debut campaign in Lubbock. Texas Tech has amassed 303 shots with 154 of those on goal and has outscored their opponents 18 to seven in its previous seven matches, six of them victories. Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 in offside penalties with 41 in 2012.
The TTU defense has held its opponents to a one goal average in 2012 and collected seven shutouts on the year. The Red Raiders have also allowed just 10.1 shots per match. Texas Tech’s junior goalkeeper Victoria Esson has played in 15 of their 16 matches this season and has posted 4.2 shutouts and 10 wins this season. Esson has collected a 1.06 goals against average and a .805 save percentage.
Tom Stone is in his six season at the helm at Texas Tech. During his tenure in Lubbock, Stone has built the Texas Tech program into an annual contender in the Big 12 Conference most recently guiding the Red Raiders to their highest finish in school history. The Red Raiders finished fourth in 2011 in what is consistently regarded as one of the toughest conferences in the country.
Last Time Out
KU also leads the Big 12 in opponent shot on goal percentage with only 34.3 of their opponents’ shots being on frame. The Jayhawks are second only to Baylor in the Big 12 in total opponent shots on goal with 62 in 2012.
Back-to-Back Losses a Rarity
The program record for consecutive matches without two-straight loses is 68, which spanned four seasons from 2003-06.
Help Me, Whitney
Berry has been one of the best playmakers in Kansas history and fittingly, her record-breaking assist came on the game-winning goal against TCU on Sept. 30 when she set up Caroline Kastor. The senior’s 31 assists are also the most among active players in the Big 12 and rank 13th in conference history.
Through 16 matches the Jayhawks are also averaging just eight fouls per match with a total of 128 in 2012, the third fewest in the Big 12.
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