Soccer Notebook: Still looking for first conference goal

Through the first three games of the conference slate, the Kansas women’s soccer team remains scoreless.

Despite the difficulties of getting the ball in the back of the net coach Mark Francis has not seen poor play from his team.

“We’ve been playing really well we just haven’t been scoring and that’s the most frustrating part,” Francis said.

In the first three games of conference play the Jayhawks tied Iowa State 0-0. Then Kansas lost to Texas and TCU by the score of 1-0.

Senior forward Caroline Kastor leads the team with four goals on the season. She has seen the forwards and midfielders continue to work hard.

“You have to keep getting reps in and keep staying confident,” Kastor said. “It’s really about mentality and maintaining confidence.”

Throughout the last few weeks Kastor said that coach Francis has been emphasized attacking the first third of the formation to increase shots on goal.

Still it comes down to execution in the end in order to break the scoreless streak.

“The biggest part of that is to get that confidence back and the only way to do that is put the ball in the goal,” Francis said.

STROUD DISCUSSES STREAK

Junior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Stroud has watched the struggles from her position on the back line, but knows her team continues to work hard to grab that first goal of conference play.

“It can definitely take a toll on you,” Stroud said. “All you can do is come out in practice and continue to shoot.”

What Stroud has seen is a focus by her team so they can come out and compete the rest of the conference season.

“That mental toughness and fight has never been a problem with this team,” she said. “We’ll keep pushing and to what we’re doing and we’ll be fine.”

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