The Jayhawks are coming off the best season in school history and returning nine starters from last year's squad. Last week the soccer team received a pair of high national rankings last week. The Jayhawks are the No. 11 team in SoccerBuzz Magazine's preseason rankings and were placed at No. 19 in the Soccer America preseason top 25. Kansas finished the 2003 season ranked 11th and will begin this season in the same position in the SoccerBuzz poll. The Big 12 Conference placed five teams in the preseason rankings.
Soccer America also released its preseason top 25, which includes five teams from the Big 12 and Kansas ranked 19th.
The Jayhawks hit the field for an exhibition match on Saturday against Creighton.
Jessica Smith got the Jayhawks on the board for the first time at the 7:55 mark of the first half when she broke in alone to beat Creighton goalkeeper Jamie Herrmann. Sophomore Holly Gault delivered the next goal for KU as she drove in from her defensive position and ripped a shot into the back of the net. Gault's goal gave the team a 2-0 lead in the game's 16th minute. Jessica Smith added her second goal of the match during the 33rd minute, when she took a pass from Amy Geha and broke away to beat the goalkeeper. Caroline Smith and Rachel Gilfillan also scored in the first period for the Jayhawks, who took a 5-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, sophomore Lacey Novak took a pass from Kelsey Archuleta and fired a shot past the keeper to give the Jayhawks their sixth and final goal of the match. Crieghton spoiled the Kansas shutout in the 83rd minute, when Chelsea Mackenzie fired a high arching shot that eluded KU goalkeeper Erin Ferguson.
For the match, KU outshot Creighton 15-6 and collected five more corner kicks.
Kansas Soccer will begin the 2004 regular season next weekend it they travels to Las Vegas, Nev., on Aug. 28 to take on UNLV and to Provo, Utah, to battle BYU on Aug 30.