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Kansas Soccer Season ends in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament, loses to North Carolina 2-0.

The Jayhawks fail to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003.

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Kansas came into the match hyped up after a double OT win over former rival Missouri in the first round. Unfortunately, due to a choppy feed, it was difficult to follow the action live. A big thanks to the Kansas Soccer Twitter account (@KUWSoccer) for tracking the game.

North Carolina had the first chance with the ball:

Kansas was able to put on the pressure early though:

North Carolina wasn’t able to really get anything going for a while:

Eventually they settled in and got a shot on goal:

Kansas countered for the next few minutes, earning some good chances to score:

North Carolina took control from there through the end of the half:

The half ended in a scoreless tie.

Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for North Carolina to score. In the 53rd minute of the match, UNC’s Madison Schultz hit one off the crossbar and in, taking a 1-0 lead:

The Tar Heels only turned up the pressure from there, keeping the Jayhawks from getting anything going offensively:

Kansas was repeatedly thwarted in their attempts to push forward to find an equalizer. Another goal in the 79th minute pushed the lead to 2-0 and essentially sealed the victory:

Ultimately, North Carolina showed why the were the 2nd seed in the region, as their superior form and aggressive push kept the Jayhawks on their heels most of the night.

It was the 7th overall tournament appearance for Kansas, and the 4th time that they advanced to the second round of play. The Jayhawks finished second in the Big 12 this year, their highest finish since 2004.

Overall it was a very successful season for Kansas. I can’t wait to see what they do next year.

And, as always, ROCK CHALK!