Kansas Slips Past Women's Soccer 2-1

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Erin Gunther picked up her fourth assist of the season on Sunday
Courtesy: Eric Francis

OMAHA, Neb. - Beth Fyles scored her first goal of the season on Sunday, but it would not be enough as the Kansas Jayhawks (9-6-0) downed the Jays (7-5-1) in overtime at Morrison Stadium, 2-1.  The Jays gave up an early goal in regulation, scored the match equalizer in the 86th minute, but then couldn't convert in overtime, sending two shots off the crossbar before Kansas scored in the 94th minute. 

Creighton found themselves down early, as Kansas scored just 2:39 into the match.  Jamie Fletcher notched her sixth goal of the season after Shannon Renner crossed a ball into the box that was redirected by Fletcher into the right side of the net.

The Jays applied pressure through the opening frame, finishing the half with seven shots.  Andrea Zuniga put together the best scoring threats, finding herself in one-on-one situations twice in the middle of the opening half.  The first, in the 19th minute of play, was saved by Jayhawk keeper Kaitlyn Stroud and the second was shot wide. 

The two teams finished the opening half even with seven shots each, with Kansas putting three on goal and Creighton just one.  Alicia Montgomery finished with two saves in the opening frame.

Montgomery provided some goalkeeping highlights of her own in the second half, stopping back to back shots in the 57th minute of play.  After Whitney Berry took a shot from right in front of Montgomery that she swatted away, the Jayhawks leading scorer Ingrid Vidal one-touched a ball back that Montgomery had to one hand punch up.  The senior goalkeeper then pounced on the ball just in front of the goal line to prevent another Jayhawk goal.

Creighton's first scoring chance of the second half came with 28 minutes left in the match.  Lauren Cingoranelli out-ran her defender and unleashed on a shot to the right side of the net, but Stroud made another save, this time diving to her left to keep the ball out of the net and avoid the match equalizer.

Creighton continued to apply pressure on goal, finding the back of the net when Fyles notched her first goal of the 2011 season in the 85th minute of play.  After Erin Gunther drove a corner kick into the middle of the field from the far corner, the Jayhawks attempted to clear the ball but it was knocked back to Gunther, who dished it off to Fyles just inside the penalty box.  Fyles laced the ball inside the lower left corner of the goal to equal the match at 1-1.

It looked as if the Jays would get the come-from-behind victory early in the overtime period, as Andrea Zuniga and Brittney Neumann each rifled off shots that hit off the cross bar.  Nuemann's shot was just 40 seconds into overtime and Zuniga's a minute and a half.  They would be Creighton's only two shots of the overtime period, before Ingrid Vidal capitalized on her one-on-one with Montgomery at 93:25 to win the match for the Jayhawks.

Creighton finished with a 16-15 edge in shots, but the Jayhawks put 10 on goal vs. the five for the Jays.  Montgomery finished with eight saves, allowing two goals for the second time this season.

The Jays will be in action again next Saturday, October 22, when they host league leading Missouri State at Morrison Stadium.  The Jays will honor all who have fought the battle with breast cancer, with a pink out.  The two teams split in action a season ago, with the Bears handing Creighton their only loss of the regular season before the Jays turned around to defeat MSU in the MVC tournament title match.  Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.

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