Junior forward Caroline Smith was able to get off a team-high two shots in the match, but the Jayhawk's chances were limited by Illinois, who held a 14-8 advantage in shots.
"I though that we played okay, but we just made a mental mistake and one of their girls got loose and was able to score," said head coach Mark Francis. "It was a tough game. I thought they played really tight on defense, especially in the second half, and we were not able to get any offensive pressure. We will just have to see how we respond after this."
Kansas soccer will host a free clinic for area children, ages kindergarten through 8th grade, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The Jayhawks are back in action on Friday, Sept. 17, as they host Mississippi at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex at 5 p.m.