McClure claims national, Big 12 weekly awards

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KU release) Junior forward Katie McClure garnered a pair of accolades following her stellar performances in Kansas soccer's two opening-weekend victories. McClure was named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week, while also earning Player of the Week honors from TopDrawerSoccer. The Big 12 weekly award was McClure's second after being named the league's Freshman of the Week in 2016.

The Wichita, Kansas product was also named to TopDrawerSoccer's 11-player Team of the Week, heading up the list as the outlet's Player of the Week.

McClure was a key piece in both the Jayhawks' wins during the opening weekend of the regular season. She began the weekend by scoring the eventual game-winning goal in KU's 1-0 upset over No. 18 Pepperdine Friday night in Lawrence. Two days later, she tallied an assist on what would be the game-winning goal in the Jayhawks' 3-0 victory over South Dakota State. She also sent in her second goal in as many games in the second half of the match with the Jackrabbits.

McClure becomes the first Jayhawk since Liana Salazar in 2015 to garner Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week accolades.

McClure and the rest of the Jayhawks will hit the road for the first time in 2018 when they journey to Lincoln, Nebraska for a pair of weekend match-ups against Pac-12 opponents as part of the Husker Invitational. On Friday, Aug. 24, KU will go up against the Oregon State Beavers in a 4 p.m., match at Barbara Hibner Stadium. Two days later KU will meet the Oregon Beavers in a 10 a.m., match.