Jayhawks Upset No. 2 Texas A&M
By James Hill
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- The seventh-seeded Kansas Jayhawks upset the No. 2 Texas A&M Aggies 4-2 Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Soccer Championship at Blossom Soccer Stadium.
Kansas (12-7-1) advanced to Friday's semifinals and will play third-seeded Missouri at 7:30 p.m. (CT).
The Jayhawks, who were shutout in last year's opening round by Oklahoma State, opened up with a 4-0 lead over the Aggies, who dropped to 15-4-1.
Kansas junior forward Shannon McCabe scored the first of her two goals in the 11th minute of game, and junior midfielder Monica Dolinsky provided the first of her two assists.
"Even with the lead, we knew they were a good team," said McCabe, who also scored in the 67th minute. "We kept going at them. It's good we got a couple of goals early and established the rhythm. I get psyched when we play a team like this."
Senior midfielder Jessica Bush and freshman forward Emily Cressy scored in between McCabe's goals.
The Aggies, ranked No. 11 nationally, were not about to give up. Sophomore forward Alyssa Mautz put A&M on the board in the 74th minute. Senior midfielder Laura Grace Robinson scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute. Kansas junior goalkeeper Julie Hanley made a key save in the 88th minute. Hanley recorded five saves in the game.
The two teams each had 20 shots, and Kansas led 9-7 in shots-on-goal. The Aggies, finalists in the 2007 tournament, led 9-4 in corner kicks.
Kansas' four goals tied a school record in the postseason. The Jayhawks picked up their second win of the season over the Aggies. Kansas beat A&M 1-0 last month in Lawrence, Kan.
Jayhawks coach Mark Francis was pleased with his team's effort. He mentioned Kansas' 6-0 loss last week to their Friday opponent, the Missouri Tigers.
"The big thing is beating A&M after being spanked by Missouri last Friday," Francis said. "But when we've been on, we've been really good. The first 20 minutes we dominated. We created a lot of opportunities in that time period."