Jayhawks To Host Georgia in First Round of NCAA Soccer Tournament

Nov. 7, 2011

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – For the fifth time in program history, the University of Kansas soccer team will play in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks will host Georgia in first round play on Sunday, Nov. 13 at noon at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. The game will have a free live audio broadcast available on www.KUAthletics.com/allaccess.

Kansas is making its first appearance in the tournament since 2008 and fifth overall in the 15-year history of the program. The Jayhawks (11-8-1) finished seventh in the Big 12 Conference this season. At the Big 12 Soccer Championship last week, KU fell in penalty kicks to No. 2 seed and eventual champion Texas A&M following a 3-3 tie after two overtime periods.

“I’m really excited for the players,” said head coach Mark Francis, who is 4-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, all at KU. “They deserve to go to the tournament and I’m extremely happy for them more than anything. They’re a fun group that has done everything we have asked of them.”

The winner of the KU-Georgia contest will play the winner of top-seeded Duke-Radford Nov. 18.

Georgia earned an at-large bid after going 12-6-2 in regular-season play. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series with KU, 2-0. The teams last met on Aug. 29, 2010 when Georgia defeated the Jayhawks 5-0. Georgia also won 3-0 in the first meeting on Sept. 17, 1999.