San Diego Freshman Jamie Fletcher’s goal in the 62nd minute proved to be the game-winner as Kansas University beat Southern Cal, 3-2, on Friday night in the opening game of the USD Tournament.
KU junior Whitney Berry also had a big night, with a goal and two assists.
Kansas improved to 2-1, while the Trojans, who were ranked in the preseason polls, fell to 0-3.
During the first 45 minutes, USC held a 10-5 shot advantage but coming out after the break with the score tied 2-2, both teams focused on defense as they combined for just nine shots in the second half.
Fletcher was able to take advantage of one of KU’s five shots in the second half by finishing a pass from Berry in the 62nd minute.
The goal gave the Jayhawks a 3-2 advantage, which they were able to preserve through the final 28 minutes.
It marked Fletcher’s fourth goal and second game-winner this year.
With 10 minutes remaining, USC nearly tied the match with a breakaway. Facing a one-on-one situation, KU goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau charged off her line and made a diving stop.
Following a corner kick off the save, Liebetrau made another great stop on a header in front of the goal.
Liebetrau made six saves as she improved to 1-1 in the goal.
Berry led the KU offense with five shots during the contest, including four on goal. Fletcher chipped in with three shots.
Amy Grow also scored for the Jayhawks, in the 15th minute.
Kansas will face host San Diego at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.