"San Diego was a very athletic and intense team," head coach Mark Francis said. "I thought the conditions were a little hard for us to adapt to at first. The last 15 minutes of the first half I felt that we started to pull it together."
After the first period it seemed that neither team had a clear shot at getting on the board, combining for only seven shots in the period, while KU only launched two.
Kansas stormed out to begin the second half, taking the first and only lead of the game, as junior Monica Brothers took a pass from sophomore Caroline Smith in the 48th minute and headed it in from the right side.
"I thought we played well in the second half," Francis said. "I thought that we fought and scraped our way through the game and came out with the win."
Brothers' goal marked her first of the season and helped move her into a tie for second on Kansas' all-time game-winning goals list.
The Jayhawks did not quit firing five more shots at San Diego's Libby Bassett during the period. Bassett and the Toreros had not allowed a goal over their first five games of the season.
Junior Meghan Miller, who stopped six shots on the night, including four in the second half, recorded her fourth shutout of the season. The Seattle, Wash., native, who blanked consecutive opponents for the second time this season, took sole possession of the KU career shutout mark with 12.
"(Meghan) definitely earned the shutout tonight," Francis said. "She made three or four saves toward the end to keep us in it. She has really stepped up her game and been consistent back there for us."
The Jayhawks will conclude their California road trip on Sunday, Sept. 21, when they take on Loyola Marymount. Kickoff at Sullivan Field in Los, Angeles, Calif., is set for 2 p.m. CST.