LUBBOCK, TX - Kansas overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to net three second-half goals on its way to a 3-2 victory over Texas Tech Friday afternoon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.
The loss prevents Tech from extending its five-match unbeaten streak as the Red Raiders are now 8-5-1 overall and 3-1-1 in Big 12 play. A win would have given Tech its best conference start in school history, surpassing the 1997 season that began 4-1. Kansas improves to 9-4-1 overall and 1-3 in the Big 12.
"We were the better team in the first half, but Kansas came out with a renewed commitment in the second half," Tech head coach Tom Stone said. "We didn't respond to that, which was the disappointing part of the game. By the time Conner scored her goal, it was too late."
After thirty minutes of back-and-forth action, Dawn Ward put the Red Raiders on the board first in the 31st minute with her team-leading 10th goal of the season. Karen De Leon found Ward just outside the box and the redshirt freshman fired to the far post to give Tech the early 1-0 lead.
Kansas quickly turned the momentum just after halftime, however, with three goals within the first 20 minutes. Whitney Berry had both of the Jayhawk's first two goals, while Shelby Williamson added KU's final goal off assists by Berry and Kim Boyer.
Conner Williams pulled Tech to within a goal with almost a minute to play, netting her fourth goal of the season off a long sliding ball from Maegan Wilber. Kansas would hold onto the lead, though, to keep the Red Raiders winless all-time in Lawrence.
"This game was a tough lesson because I don't know if our young team knew how hard it is to win on the road in the Big 12," Stone said. "After taking the lead in the first half, we really got a taste of that after halftime, but we will learn from this and hopefully respond Sunday."
Ward and Williams lead the Tech offense with three shots each, while Erin Wikelius collected four saves, all in the first half. Tech was previously 6-0 when leading at the half this year.
The Red Raiders close the weekend with a 1 p.m. match at Missouri Sunday. The Tigers face Colorado at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.