KU Soccer ranked #9

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- When the newest batch of women's collegiate soccer rankings were released on Aug. 30, the Jayhawks found themselves in an exciting new position, the top 10.

Kansas appeared in the Aug. 30 version of SoccerBuzz's Top 30 soccer poll as the No. 9 team in the country. The single-digit ranking, which is the first of its kind in the history of the KU women's soccer program, came after the Jayahawks completed a two-game road trip with a perfect record to begin the season. KU began the season ranked 11th in the SoccerBuzz preseason poll.

The Jayhawks also climbed to the top of the SoccerBuzz Central Region rankings, ahead of Big 12 rivals Texas and Texas A&M and SEC powerhouse Tennessee. KU vaulted to the top of the Central Region poll at the end of last season, after the team's first ever Sweet 16 appearance.

Kansas senior goalkeeper Meghan Miller was announced as the Big 12 Soccer Defensive Player of the week on Tuesday after posting shutout wins in the Jayhawks' first two games. Miller has helped led Kansas to a 2-0 start for only the fourth time in school history.

In KU's season opening match Friday, Miller made four saves, including three in the second half, to lead the Jayhawks to a 2-0 win over UNLV in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Seattle, Wash., native, continued her strong play in KU's second game as she made three saves in a 1-0 road victory over BYU. Miller is KU's all-time leader in shutouts with 21 career whitewashes, as well as being the school record holder for shutouts in a season (11) and goals-against-average in a season (0.75) in 2003.

Next weekend, Kansas soccer will take the field at home for the first time this season as they host the KUStore.com Crimson & Blue Invitational at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. KU will square off against Wisconsin-Milwaukee at 5 p.m. on Friday and round out the tournament playing St. Louis on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

In addition to KU's two games, St. Louis and Mississippi will square off on Friday at 2:30 p.m., while on Sunday, Mississippi State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee will battle at 12 p.m.

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