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The Jayhawks claimed the fifth NCAA Tournament victory in program history in the 2016 season when Kansas defeated rival Missouri in the double-overtime thriller at Rock Chalk Park. Junior Lois Heuchan netted the golden goal in the 101st minute to see the Jayhawks advance in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. 

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  • 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 Kansas soccer team’s season came to an end 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 were the only team in the NCAA 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.
  • 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.
  • Kansas saw six players named to the All-Big 12 postseason lists, including First Team selection Grace Hagan. The six marked the most Big 12 honorees for KU since 2006.
  • Hagan was also named to the NSCAA All-Central Region First Team for the first time in her career. It marked the third-straight year a Jayhawk was named to the list.
  • 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 in 2017 which includes the team’s top-two goal scorers, sophomore Grace Hagan (7) and freshman Katie McClure (5).