Sept. 11, 2004
Greenville, SC-Kansas scored two first half goals and added the third early in the second half as the 13st ranked Jayhawks defeated fourth-ranked Clemson 3-1 in the Furman Invitational at Greenville, SC Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Kansas improves to 6-0 on the year while Clemson falls to 5-1 this season. Kansas is ranked 13th by Soccer America and 21st by the NSCAA. Clemson is ranked fourth by Soccer America and seventh by the NSCAA.
Kansas took the lead in the match’s first period, as Lauren Williams converted a free kick at the 31:43 mark to give the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead. The Jayhawks took a 2-0 lead just over five minutes later, as Nicole Braman took a pass from Monica Brothers and put a shot past the goalkeeper for her first goal of the year.
Clemson battled back to get on the scoreboard late in the first period, as midfielder Lydia Vandenbergh slipped a shot past Kansas goalkeeper Meghan Miller to cut the Jayhawk lead to 2-1. The goal was the first allowed by Miller this season and breaks her scoreless streak of 544:36 minutes, which dated back to the final game of 2003.
In the second half, Kansas was able to get an insurance goal from Rachel Gilfillan to take a 3-1 lead. Gilfillan received a pass from Jessica Smith and fired a shot from the right side of the box for her second goal of the season.
“All due respect to Kansas, and we are not taking anything from them in their win, but that was our worst performance of the year,” said Clemson Head Coach Todd Bramble. “We will have to regroup and get ready for South Carolina.”
“I thought that we play pretty well today,” said Kansas Head Coach Mark Francis. “We had a good game plan coming into the match and we were able to follow through on it. We had some really good challenges in the match and our girls did a good job of battling out there. I feel like overall this was a really good game for us.”
Clemson will play South Carolina in Columbia on Wednesday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m.
Kansas 3, Clemson 1
Kansas–Lauren Williams (Unassisted) 31:43
Kansas–Nicole Braman (Monica Brothers, Jessica Kilpatrick) 37:38
Clemson–Lydia Vandenbergh (Unassisted) 42:09
Kansas–Rachel Gilfillan (Jessica Smith) 56:20
Shots: Clemson 18, Kansas 16
Corner Kicks: Clemson 8, Kansas 5
Saves: Lauren Johnston (CU) 7, Meghan Miller (KU) 6
Fouls: Clemson 12, Kansas 7
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