Kansas Soccer Remains Undefeated, 7-0

LAWRENCE, Kan. - For the first time in program history, Kansas soccer defeated a top 10 opponent as the Jayhawks dropped No. 7 Clemson, 3-1, on Saturday at the Selected Kickoff Classic in Greenville, S. C.

No. 21 Kansas took the lead in the match's first period, as senior midfielder Lauren Williams converted a free kick at the 31:43 mark to give the Jayhawks a 1-0 lead. KU doubled its advantage just over five minutes later, as junior Nicole Braman took a pass from Monica Brothers and put a shot past the goalkeeper for her first goal of the year.

Clemson (5-1) battled back to get on the scoreboard late in the opening period, as midfielder Lydia Vandenbergh was able to slip a shot past KU netminder Meghan Miller to cut the Jayhawk lead to 2-1. The goal was the first allowed by Miller this season and breaks her scoreless streak of 544:36 minutes, which dated back to the final game of 2003. In the match, Miller tied her season-high with six saves in the match.

In the second half, Kansas was able to get an insurance goal from Rachel Gilfillan to take a 3-1 lead. Gilfillan received a pass from Jessica Smith and fired a shot from the right side of the box for her second goal of the season.

"We had a good game plan coming into the match and we were able to follow through on it," said head coach Mark Francis. "We had some really good challenges in the match and our girls did a good job of battling out there. I feel like overall this was a really good game for us."

Kansas won its second game as well, defeating home team Furman 3-0.

Six members of the Kansas soccer team were selected to the All-Tournament team for their outstanding play.

Freshman defender Afton Sauer, sophomore defenders Holly Gault and Nikki Alvarez, and senior midfielder Lauren Williams were named All-Tournament performers.

In addition to the four KU players named All-Tournament, senior forward Rachel Gilfillan was selected as the tournament's Offensive MVP and goalkeeper Meghan Miller was selected Defensive MVP.


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