Jayhawks drop close match to University of Central Florida in National Quarterfinals
April 7, 2018 @ Westwick
The playoff site host Jayhawks played the match on a sunny, mid 30’s day, that had an 8 MPH wind blowing out of the north. The Jayhawks had the wind at their backs in the first half.
4 minutes – UCF awarded a penalty kick 10 meters from Kansas’ goal line. UCF toed the ball and scored thru the upright. Easy conversion.
SCORE 7-0 UCF
10 minutes – Jayhawk’s captain #8, RYAN RUSSELL broke through UCF and had a 45 meter run that scored mid-left of posts. (ARTICLE PHOTO) The conversion attempt by senior fullback JACK “MARTY” YOUNG was foiled when a gust of wind blew the ball off the tee while he was in his approach to kick.
SCORE 7-5 UCF
25 minutes – UCF pounded the ball into a piledup ruck on the Kansas goal line, but couldn’t get the ball downed. The Jayhawks were awarded a penalty kick that allowed them to get the ball out of bounds up field.
30 minutes – UCF pounding the Kansas goal line. A 5 meter scrum was awarded UCF, who won that scrum and scored mid-right of posts. The UCF conversion attempt against the gusty wind was a line drive under the cross bar (missed).
SCORE 12-5 UCF
35 minutes – Jayhawks were awarded a scrum near the UCF 22 meter line. UCF had a terrific hooker who won the ball “against the head”. UCF fed the ball to their wide left side and threw a skip pass out to their wing who ran along the sideline more than 60 meters down to near the Kansas goal line, where the Jayhawks managed a saving tackle. The ensuing play returned the ball to midfield.
37 minutes – RYAN RUSSELL kicked a punt deep from midfield and was then hit by UCF as he attempted to play the ball down field. That resulted in a penalty kick for the Jayhawks. Fullback JACK “MARTY” YOUNG punted with the wind and expertly found touch on the UCF 5 meter line. RYAN RUSSELL threw in to prop DELANIO FLOREZ who was wrapped up as he advanced a few steps and offloaded to RYAN RUSSELL in the gap by the sidelines. RUSSELL downed the ball in the left corner. YOUNG’s conversion from the sideline placement was wide.
SCORE 12-10 UCF
5 minutes – UCF awarded a scrum 10 meters from the Kansas goal line. They won the scrum and scored through the posts. Easy conversion.
SCORE 19-10 UCF
18 minutes – UCF won a Kansas scrum “against the head” 15 meters from the Kansas goal. UCF scored on a maul through the posts. Easy conversion.
SCORE 26-10 UCF
23 minutes – Jayhawks awarded a penalty kick 10 meters from UCF’s goal. The Jayhawk hooker ANGELO PIZZO was passed the ball in a second phase and was able to squirm into the UCF goal and down the ball under UCF’s feet mid-right of posts. YOUNG’s conversion attempt was wide.
SCORE 26-15 UCF
35 minutes – Jayhawks had the ball out of a ruck on UCF’s 40 meter line and passed the ball through their backs to their right. A UCF player intercepted a bad pass and sprinted to his left corner and then downed the ball under the posts. Easy conversion.
SCORE 33-15 UCF
37 minutes – Jayhawks were attacking the UCF goal. A UCF player was penalty carded off for a dangerous pile drive tackle to RYAN RUSSELL. Kansas penalty kick from 10 meters out was fed to their big freshman prop/sub #8 CLAYTON GINTHER who did a solo-smash-collision try mid-right of posts. The Jayhawks conversion was attempted by freshman flyhalf SAM GASPAROVICH who had the distance but was wide.
39 minutes – UCF awarded a penalty kick 30 meters out. They went for posts, but were wide.
FINAL SCORE 33-20
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