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Kansas to Finish Non-Conference Play at No. 20 Santa Clara

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Press Release University of Kansas: 

– Kansassoccer will end its 2013 non-conference slate with a bang as it heads to theWest Coast to take on the No. 20 Santa Clara Broncos on Friday, Sept. 27 insideBuck Shaw Stadium. The Jayhawks, who tallied back-to-back wins last weekend,will meet their first opponent of the season that is ranked inside the top-25of the NSCAA poll. Kansas and Santa Clara are slated to kick off at 7 p.m. (9p.m. CT).

 

FOLLOW THE JAYHAWKS

Fanscan catch Kansas soccer in action online for free from Santa Clara this weekendby logging on to www.santaclarabroncos.comand going to the soccer schedule page. Click on the video link next to theKansas game and enjoy. Also follow the match via live stats by going to theSanta Clara schedule page and clicking on the live stats link. Don't forget tofollow on Twitter at @KUWSoccer for another great way to stay connected to KUSoccer.

 

Series History

Friday'smatch between the Jayhawks and Broncos will be the first ever between the twoprograms. The Jayhawks are 8-7-0 all-time against schools from the West CoastConference, including a 0-2 mark already this season. Kansas has also amassedan all-time record of 12-11-0 against schools whose state of origin isCalifornia.

 

About the Jayhawks

Kansas(5-4-1) is coming off an important weekend sweep after being winless in itsfour matches prior. The Jayhawks dispatched of South Dakota State Friday by a2-1 margin before taking down Illinois State in shutout fashion, 2-0, Sunday.Kansas has not lost a game this season when they've scored at least one goal.Eight different Jayhawks have tallied at least one score already this season.

 

TheKansas offense is outshooting its opponents by an average margin of +3.7 permatch. After boasting a shot percentage of just 6.8 though its first eightgames, KU bumped the number up to 7.7 after a prolific scoring stretch lastweekend. Senior forward Caroline Kastor leads the team with three goals andthree assists on the year, while junior teammate Jamie Fletcher has tallied ateam-leading 34 shots, the second most in the Big 12.

 

TheJayhawks are in the midst of some strong defensive output, only allowing twogoals in three games after allowing six goals in the two matches prior. Juniorgoalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud was named the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Weekafter her shutout and seven-save performance Sunday versus Illinois State. Sheis first among Big 12 goalkeepers in saves with 44 on the year. The junioralready has tallied three shutouts and is boasting a 1.08 goals againstaverage, over .5 points less than her career average entering this season.

 

Scouting the BRONCOS

SantaClara finds itself ranked No. 20 in the most recent NSCAA Coaches' Poll and usup to No. 9 in the season's first RPI rankings released this week. The Broncoshave already played five top-25 ranked opponents in their first eight gamesthis season and have gone 1-3-1 in those contests. Santa Clara has made theNCAA Tournament field all but once season out of the last 20, including a runto the second round in 2012.

 

SantaClara is outscoring its opponents by a +.37 margin this season, is tallying16.9 shots per match and allowing only 13.6 opponent shots per match. Afterscoring just six times in its first five games, the Broncos have foudn the backof the net eight times in its last three games. 2012 first team All-AmericanJulie Johnston leads the squad with five goals and two assists on the year.Mexican national team member Sofia Huerta is tops on the team in shots with 29,14 of which have been on frame.

 

TheSDSU defense is giving up 1.38 opponent goals per match this season whichincludes three shutouts in eight games played this year. After giving up sixgoals in its first two matches of the season, the Broncos are keeping opponentsto just .83 goals per game since. Opposing shooters are getting just under 50percent of their attempts on frame versus Santa Clara. SCU goalkeeper AndiTostanoski has started all eight of her team's games this year, boasts a .808save percentage and a 1.26 goals against average with 42 saves in 2013.

 

JerrySmith is in his 27th year as the head coach of the Santa Clara women's soccerprogram. Overall, he has tallied a career coaching record of 394-122-50, allcoming at Santa Clara, which ranks him 5th all-time in NCAA history.

 

This day in KU Soccer History

Sept.27, 2002 - Freshman Caroline Smith posted her third two-goal outing ofthe 2002 season when the Jayhawks opened Big 12 play with a 5-1 drubbing ofColorado in Lawrence. KU held just a 1-0 lead at halftime before two goalswithin the first 20 minutes of the second half padded KU's lead. The Jayhawksoutshot the Buffaloes 11-2 over the final 45 minutes and managed to put over 76percent of their shots on frame. KU went on to win 11 games that season andearn a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the program'shistory. (KU All-Time Record on Sept. 27: 4-0)

 

Fast Goal FUN

InFriday's win over South Dakota State, sophomore Courtney Dickerson scored theJayhawks' first goal just 62 seconds into the match. The goal was the fastestby a KU player since current senior Caroline Kastor set a school record withher goal only 18 seconds after kickoff on Oct. 25, 2010 against Colorado. Sincethe start of the 2005 season, Kansas has put in a goal within the first 10minutes of a match 31 times and has proved to be almost unbeatable on thoseoccasions. KU is 26-1-4 in matches which it has scored before the 10-minutemark, with the lone loss coming in Kastor's record-breaking 18-second gameagainst Colorado in 2010.

 

Ranked Opponents

Friday'smatch vs. No. 20 Santa Clara will mark the 10th time in the last three seasonsthe Jayhawks have met a team ranked in the nation's top-25 and the first in2013. In its last five meetings with top-25 squads, Kansas has seen somesuccess with a record of 2-1-2 and has outscored those opponents 7-6 in thosematches. All-time the Jayhawks have amassed a record of 18-50-7 against top-25teams.

 

STROUD HONORED AS BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYEROF THE WEEK

JuniorKaitlyn Stroud was tabbed the Big 12 Conference's Defensive Player of the WeekTuesday after her heroics helped lift the Jayhawks to an undefeated weekendwith wins over South Dakota State and Illinois State. Stroud tallied threesaves in KU's 2-1 victory over the Jackrabbits Friday. She then posted herthird shutout of the season against the Redbirds Sunday with the help of sevensaves, four of which came in the final 15 minutes of action. The Fayetteville,Ga., native also faced a season-high 23 shots in the win over ISU. Her .909save percentage against SDSU and ISU was her highest of any weekend in 2013.With her 10 saves in the last two matches, she has now amassed 44 on the year,the most by a Big 12 keeper in 2013. The award made Stroud the fourth KU keeperto claim the weekly honor multiple times after she earned her first-careerdistinction in October of 2011.

 

FIRST TO SCORE, Wins Galore

Overits past 30 games dating back to the beginning of the 2012 season, Kansas hasdeveloped an interesting trend when it comes to which team tallies the firstgoal of the match. During that 30-game span, the Jayhawks have been on thelosing end only once in the games which they have put in the match's firstscore. Kansas has amassed a record of 15-1-2 in those games. On the flip sidehowever, KU hasn't been quite as fortunate when its opponents have gotten onthe board first. Kansas has not won a game in that same 30-game span whenfinding itself trailing 1-0 at any point in a match. The Jayhawks are 0-12-1 inthose games over the last two seasons, including a 0-4-0 mark this year.

 

Spreading the wealth

Kansashas proven to be an unselfish team in the first half of this season, with eightdifferent Jayhawks tallying goals, already surpassing last season's goal scorertotal. This type of unselfish play isn't anything new for Kansas, especiallyduring the Mark Francis era. KU has seen seven or more of its players put ingoals in all but one season of Francis' 15-year stay in Lawrence.

 

Lastyear, KU had seven different players enter the score sheet and 10 tally atleast one helper. The program high came in 2003 when 14 of the team's 20players posted at least one goal.

 

odds and EnDs

  • Over its last 34 games, Kansas is 17-2-4 when scoring atleast one goal, including a 5-0-1 mark this season.
  • Kansas is .500 or above at the 10-game mark for the 13th timein the 15-year Mark Francis era.
  • The Jayhawks were booked for four yellow cards againstIllinois State Sunday which ties for the most ever by a KU team in a singlematch. The one previous four-caution game came on Aug. 31, 2008 against Auburn.
  • KU has already amassed six yellows in 10 games this seasonafter earning just one caution in 20 games last year.
  • Senior Caroline Kastor needs just four more goals to passRachel Gilfillan (2001-04) to sit alone at No. 2 on Kansas' all-time goalscoring charts.
  • In the second half or later this season, Kansas isoutshooting its opponents by an average margin of +2.3, whereas in the firsthalf, the margin is only +0.6.
  • Junior Haley Yearout's goal in the 75th minute against SouthDakota State marked the second time this season a first time goal-scorer put inthe game-winner within the final 15 minutes of a match. (Kelsey Lyden in the87th minute vs. Missouri State)
  • Kansas and Illinois State combined for 43 shots in theirmatch last Sunday, the most by KU and their opponent since KU and Missouritallied 48 combined shots on Oct. 21, 2011.

 

Up Next

The Jayhawks will kick off conference playFriday, Oct. 4 when they travel to Ames, Iowa for a match up with the IowaState Cyclones. KU and ISU are slated to kick off at 7 p.m. and will bebroadcast on Cylcone.tv. Kansas will return two days later to play host to theTexas Longhorns on Sunday, Oct. 6. The match, which will be televised on MetroSports and ESPN3.com, will begin at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

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