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Friday’s match will mark the final regular-season home game for Jayhawk seniors Maddie Dobyns, Lois Heuchan, Hannnah Lukinac and Kayla Morrison. These four have been a part of 44 KU victories since 2014 and have helped their team to a pair of top-three finishes in the Big 12 as well as two NCAA Tournament berths. Combined, these four accumulated 197 starts and have played over 17,459 minutes in the Crimson and Blue. This senior class has also combined for 13 goals, 10 assists and 190 shots.
The Jayhawks’ record on Senior Day matches is 14-6-1 and KU is unbeaten in five-straight regular-season home finales.
Recent history will also be on the seniors’ side this weekend as the Jayhawks take the pitch against their fourth top-10 opponent this season when No. 9 West Virginia comes to Lawrence. This match will mark the 11th time Kansas will host a top-10 opponent on its home turf and the third time this year. Following its wins over No. 7 USC and No. 9 Texas this season, KU has picked up four wins over top-10 squads in Lawrence since 2008. The Jayhawks also topped No. 7 Oklahoma State, 2-1, in 2012 and also claimed a 1-0 victory over No. 6 Texas A&M during the 2008 season. That victory over the Aggies still stands as the highest-ranked opponent ever defeated by the Jayhawks.
A win over the Mountaineers Friday would be the first time in program history that Kansas has dispatched of three top-10 teams in a single season. The 2017 team has already joined the 2004 squad as the only two Kansas squads to take down multiple top-10 teams in a single season.