Jayhawk Soccer Wins Tournament

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sophomore midfielder Nicole Cauzillo connected on her second game-winning goal of the season and Meghan Miller collected her fourth consecutive shutout to lift Kansas soccer to a 2-0 win over Saint Louis in the final game of the 2004 KUStore.com Crimson & Blue Invitational

A crowd of 816 was in attendance to see the Jayhawks win the tournament and improve to 4-0 for the first time in school history.

In the first half, both teams collected three shots, but thanks to Cauzillo, Kansas (4-0) was able to take a lead into half time. At the 33:48 mark of the first period, senior Lauren Williams slipped a pass over to Cauzillo, who fired a shot into the back of the net for her second tally of the tournament. Cauzillo, who also scored the game-winning goal of KU's 1-0 win over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Friday, was honored after the game as the tournament's Offensive MVP.

In goal, Miller was active in the second half, as the Billikens took eight shots in the period. During the period, Miller made five saves and got some help as the Jayhawks collected a team save and Saint Louis attackers hit two goal posts with shots. After collecting shutouts in both of the Jayhawks' games during the tournament, Miller was named Defensive MVP of the Tournament.

Senior Rachel Gilfillan put the Jayhawks up 2-0 in the match's 65th minute as she scored her first goal of the season off a pass from sophomore defender Holly Gault. The Jayhawks fired 15 shots during the match, the most in a game this season.

The first game of the series was KU's home opener on Friday against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Kansas controlled the flow early on in the contest, holding a 7-3 shot advantage in the first half. The Jayhawks finally got on the board at the 27:59 mark of the first half when Cauzillo took a pass from fellow sophomore Jessica Kilpatrick and ripped a shot past Panther goalie Kerri St. Aubin.

Miller, who made only one save before halftime, was challenged in the second half as Wisconsin-Milwaukee began to apply more offensive pressure. Miller turned away all five of the Panther's shots in the period to preserve the 1-0 KU victory and increase her shutout streak to 270:00 minutes this season.

"The difference in the game tonight was Meghan," head coach Mark Francis said after the match. "Without her in goal tonight we don't win this game."

Kansas takes the road this weekend when it travels to Greenville, S.C., to participate in the Furman Tournament.


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