#16 Kansas soccer falls to #2 UCLA

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The 16th-ranked Kansas soccer team fell to the second-ranked UCLA Bruins, 1-0, Friday, at Drake Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. The loss moves the Jayhawks' final record to 18-6-1 and marks KU's final game of the 2003 campaign.

UCLA, which limited Kansas to only two shots on goal the entire game, fired nine shots in the first half. Sarah-Gayle Swanson made the most of the Bruins' ninth first-half attempt in the 43rd minute, squirting a deflection from Whitney Jones to the right post, past the outstretched arms of KU keeper Meghan Miller. Miller finished the match with eight saves, one shy of tying a career high.

Kansas, which did not record a shot in the first half, took its first shot of the contest at the 60:23 mark when Lauren Williams broke free and fired a shot from 15 yards. The Hawks managed only more shot when KU served a ball from the left into Caroline Smith. Smith, a Hermann Award semifinalist, tried flicking it past UCLA's Arianna Criscione, who stopped it for her second save of the night.

The loss eliminates Kansas from the NCAA tournament and ends its season at 18-6-1, marking the most single-season wins in KU soccer history. It also brings four seniors, Carmel Kaplinger, Lacey Woolf, Maggie Mason and Sarah Gonzalez, to the end of their careers at Kansas.

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