RCW: Inside Soccer 3.14
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The Jayhawks ended the year with a goals-against average of 0.85, the fourth-lowest single-season GAA in the 21-year history of the program. Kansas conceded 19 opponent goals in over 2,000 minutes of action in 2016, marking the fourth time a KU team has allowed less than 20 goals in a season.
- The Kansas soccer team’s season came to an end on Nov. 18 with its second round loss to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. The Tar Heels topped the Jayhawks in Chapel Hill, 2-0.
- The Jayhawks and Tar Heels were tied 0-0 at halftime, however the No. 2 seed outshot KU by a tally of 12-0 and netted two goals over the final 45 minutes to secure the win.
- Kansas was outshot by a margin of 14 (19-5) against UNC, its worst shot margin in a match since Baylor outshot the Jayhawks by a tally of 23-7 on Sept. 28, 2012.
- The Tar Heels also held Kansas without a shot in the second half, marking the first time the Jayhawks were held shot-less in a half since Oklahoma State blanked KU in the second half of the Oct. 3, 2014 match up. KU won the game, 2-1.
- KU ended the 2016 campaign with an 11-6-4 record, marking the 12th time in head coach Mark Francis’ 18-year tenure that the Jayhawks posted double-digit victories in a season.
- The Jayhawks are the only team in the NCAA this season to have played three of the four NCAA Tournament semifinalists (USC, North Carolina and West Virginia).
- Kansas advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2008.
- The Jayhawks’ 119 corner kicks in 2016 were a program record, topping the 2005 squad which tallied 117 corners.
- Senior Tayler Estrada concluded her KU career having appeared in 80 matches in her four years in Lawrence. Only seven Jayhawks have played in more matches in their careers.
- Junior defender Kayla Morrison logged a career-high 1,985 minutes in her 21 appearances this season, the fourth-most in a single season by a Jayhawk. Morrison has now posted two of the top-six highest minute output seasons in program history.
- The Jayhawks averaged 15.7 shots per game in 2016, a figure which ranked fourth in program history.
- Kansas ended the season with an average home attendance of 1,094 per game, the highest attendance average in program history.
- Kansas is expected to return over 70 percent of its offensive production next season which includes the team’s top-two goal scorers, sophomore Grace Hagan (7) and freshman Katie McClure (5).