Scoring Touch Lacking in Redbirds' 2-0 Loss at Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Despite firing a season-high 23 shots, the Illinois State soccer team couldn't find the back of the net in a 2-0 loss at Kansas, Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The Jayhawks scored a goal in each half, as the Redbirds were shutout for the second time this season.
ISU (5-6-0) outshot the Jayhawks (5-4-1) 23-20, and put nine shots on target compared to seven for KU. The Redbirds even beat KU keeper Kaitlyn Stroud twice, only to have Jayhawk defenders block the shots from going in. The defeat marks the second-straight match that the Redbirds have lost despite outshooting their opponent, with it being nearly four full halves since ISU has last scored.
"We are creating a lot of chances, but we just can't seem to find that goal to really lift and inspire us to get a few more," head coach Drew Roff said.
"We're just missing that final touch, and we need somebody to step up and make that big play," Roff added. "Right now, we are very close, but we can't quite find it. It's frustrating. I can't fault the effort. The effort and quality is there for the most part, but we have to capitalize when we get an opportunity."
After a scoreless first half hour, the Jayhawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute. Caroline Kastor played a ball into the box from the right corner that was directed by Ali Kimura to Liana Salazar, who stood unmarked 15 yards out. Salazar slotted her shot inside the left post to put the Jayhawks on top.
The Jayhawks doubled their lead in the 65th minute. Salazar gave herself some space in the center circle with a quick first touch, before sending a through ball towards Ashley Williams. Williams beat ISU keeper Aryn Newsom one-on-one, sneaking a shot underneath a diving Newsom to give the Jayhawks a 2-0 advantage.
ISU will conclude its non-conference schedule, Friday, when it hosts IPFW for a 4 p.m., kickoff. Missouri Valley Conference play begins Friday, Oct. 4 at Indiana State.
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