Lawrence, Kan. — Lexi Watts scored her first profession objective within the 88th minute of the match to offer Kansas the 1-0 victory towards Purdue and its fourth straight win on Thursday evening at Rock Chalk Park. The objective was assisted by junior ahead Shira Elinav.
“We compete actually arduous,” Head Coach Mark Francis stated. “If we come out and compete the way in which we’re able to each recreation, the remainder of the stuff will maintain itself. So long as we convey that power and aggressive spirit each time we step on the sphere, then I really feel like we at all times have an opportunity.”
With beneath three minutes remaining within the recreation, Elinav raced down a ball and despatched a cross into the field for Watts. Watts was capable of get previous the defender and used her proper foot to place the ball behind the online.
“I’m tremendous excited,” Watts stated. “Shira hit an exceptional ball and I couldn’t have finished it with out her. She gave me so many alternatives and it was superior. I’m glad we received one in.”
Regardless of a scoreless first half, Kansas got here out sturdy towards Purdue and had a number of alternatives. Within the tenth minute, Elinav had a shot that went simply huge of the submit. Elinav had one other likelihood within the twenty third minute on a cross from Watts earlier than Watts had a chance of her personal within the twenty fifth minute, however the Purdue goalkeeper was capable of cease each makes an attempt. Kansas outshot Purdue 9-4 within the first half.
Kansas managed possession for a lot of the second half and outshot Purdue 6-2 within the interval. Neither group was capable of rating although till Watts’ game-winner within the 88th minute.
After being named Huge 12 Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday, senior goalkeeper Melania Pasar recorded her third shutout of the season on Thursday. Pasar made three saves within the match, together with a diving save within the twenty fourth minute to maintain the sport even.
Kansas had a 15-6 benefit on pictures within the match, together with a 6-3 edge for pictures on objective. KU has now received 4 straight video games for the primary time since 2019. The Jayhawks enhance to 4-1, whereas the Boilermakers fall to 2-3.
Kansas (4-1) will journey to Columbia this weekend to play Missouri on Sunday. Kickoff is about for 1 p.m. CT and the match shall be broadcast on SEC Community.