Freshman Liana Salazar scored her first collegiate goal in the 81st minute to lift Kansas University to a 2-1 soccer victory over South Dakota State on Sunday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
Kansas (5-1) won its fifth straight. SDSU fell to 2-4.
South Dakota State took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but freshman Ingird Vidal tied it in the 73rd minute on a pass from junior Whitney Berry. Vidal collected the ball and then turned and shot from 12 yards out to the upper-far-right corner. It marked the forward’s fourth goal of the season, all within the last three games. Berry has an assist in five of the team’s six games.
Salazar scored in the 81st minute from inside the box. After getting a pass from freshman Caroline Van Slambrouck, Salazar used fancy footwork to get around two defenders before getting a shot off from about 10 yards out. Her shot went low to the far-left corner. It also marked Van Slambrouck’s first point of her career.
“You have to give credit to South Dakota State. They played a really good game. They played very physical, and I thought they competed really well,” KU coach Mark Francis said. “I thought today we were out-muscled off the ball. I thought we played OK in the first half. We had some good chances, but the second half was a lot better. We have to come out a little bit better at the beginning of the game.”
Red-shirt freshman Kaitlyn Stroud played all 90 minutes in goal and made six saves as she improved to 3-0. One of Stroud’s biggest plays of the day came with just two minutes remaining in the contest. South Dakota State’s Cori Bonte broke away from the KU defense and found herself one-on-one with Stroud. Bonte fired a shot from just feet away from Stroud, but the KU goalie snagged the ball to prevent what would have been a game-tying score.
Kansas will travel Friday to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Boilermaker Challenge.
KU will face Dayton at 4 p.m. Friday and Purdue or Cal State Northridge at 10 a.m. Sunday.