KU soccer tops Texas Tech 1-0 in home opener

photo by: Photo courtesy of Kansas Athletics

KU senior Kathryn Castro follows a floater toward the net with her eyes during the Jayhawks' 1-0 victory over Texas Tech in the home opener on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at Rock Chalk Park.

The University of Kansas soccer team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 1-0 victory over Texas Tech on Friday night in the team’s home opener at Rock Chalk Park.

Despite trailing Texas Tech (0-1-1) 6-4 in shots attempted heading into the final 15 minutes of Friday’s contest, the Jayhawks got the one shot they needed when senior midfielder Kathryn Castro floated a ball from 30 yards out into the back of the net in the 80th minute.

After the match, Castro explained her game winner during a postgame interview on the ESPN+ broadcast.

“I’d like to say it (was) a shot,” she said with a laugh. “At that point, it’s all mentality and I took it and I prayed to the lord that it was going to result in a goal.”

The goal was Castro’s first of the season and slipped into the net just over the head of the Texas Tech goalkeeper who appeared to be a little caught off guard by the high floater.

KU junior Sarah Peters collected yet another shutout in goal for the Jayhawks, pushing her career total to 22 and moving her within six of tying the program’s all-time mark.

Friday’s game was KU’s first since a season-opening victory at Texas on Sept. 11. KU was supposed to open its home schedule last Friday against Oklahoma, but OU’s roster had issues with positive COVID-19 tests and could not play.

That game has been rescheduled for Nov. 15 in Lawrence.

Next up, Kansas will travel to Manhattan next Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown with Sunflower State rival Kansas State.


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