After scoring three goals in the first match of the tournament, the Jayhawks, who moved their record to 6-1-0 on the season, could only muster one decisive goal against the Golden Knights (4-2-0). Junior Rachel Gilfillan took a rebound in the 27th minute, from freshman Holly Gault's shot on goal, and put it past UCF's Julie Snaman for the game-winning 1-0 score.
KU held the upper hand in the tournament's championship game, taking a total of 21 shots to UCF's six attempts and only allowing three attempts on goal.
"I thought we created a lot of chances for ourselves today," head coach Mark Francis said. "To only win one-nothing -- they could have nicked one in, then it is a different game."
Central Florida failed to score thanks in part to junior goalkeeper Meghan Miller. The Seattle, Wash., native recorded her third shutout of the season and the 11th of her career, which ties the Kansas career shutout record.
In earlier action on the day, Florida State ran past San Diego State, 6-1. Four Seminoles found the back of the net as they overwhelmed the Aztecs with 21 shots and 11 on-goal.
KU will be back in action Friday, Sept. 19, when it travels to San Diego, Calif. to take on the San Diego Toreros. Kickoff at Torero Stadium is set for 7 p.m. (CST)
KUStore.com Crimson and Blue Invitational All-Tournament Team
Forward Caroline Smith - KU - Offensive MVP
Forward Leah Gallegos - FSU
Forward Monique Aviles - UCF
Midfielder Amy Geha - KU
Midfielder Alexis Solovij - SDSU
Midfielder India Trotter - FSU
Midfielder Courtney Baines - UCF
Defender Shannon Wing - UCF - Defensive MVP
Defender Holly Gault - KU
Defender Katie Beal - FSU