KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (1-1) opened up the 2018 season last weekend with a split over Oakland and Saint Louis at home. The team travels east to square off with Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. CT before taking on Western Illinois on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m. CT.
Both weekend matches will have Live Stats available to follow along with the action. Additionally, stay tuned in with the team’s Twitter account for updates.
Live Stats: UMKC @ Illinois-Chicago
Live Stats: UMKC @ Western Illinois
About the Roos
Following a weekend that saw UMKC pick up a quality win over Oakland before falling to a tough opponent in Saint Louis, the team looks to generate some early season momentum on the road. Last season, the team posted a record of a 6-5-1 away from Durwood Stadium.
Senior forwards Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) and Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) began their final UMKC seasons in style, each scoring a goal over the weekend and continuing their climbs up the career statistical leaderboard for the program. Howard, the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, recorded the 29th goal and 68th point for her UMKC career, both ranking second all-time. Howard needs just three more goals and four more points to tie Taylor Bare for most all-time in both categories.
Mothershead, a WAC Preseason All-Conference selection, scored the game-winning goal against Oakland, the 20th goal and 51st point of her career. The area native sits fourth all-time in UMKC history for career points and goals, needing just two goals and 10 points to move up one spot on each list.
Last season, UMKC and Illinois-Chicago squared off early in nonconference play at Durwood Stadium with the Roos walking away with a 2-0 victory. Both matches this weekend will be vitally important for UMKC as the nonconference schedule ahead picks up heavily in competition, with matchups against Drake, Missouri State, Kansas State, Creighton, Iowa State and Oklahoma State looming immediately after.
About the Flames
Illinois-Chicago (0-2) opened up play in 2018 last week suffering a pair of road losses to UNLV and UC Santa Barbara, falling by a combined score of 12-1. The Flames return six starters and lost five from the last year’s squad that went 7-13 on the season and posted a 5-4 mark in Horizon League play.
Returning for 2018 includes junior forward Tamae Douglas and junior defender Emily Valentine who recorded the two highest goal and point totals a year ago. Douglas will likely draw the most attention from the UMKC defensive line after scoring a team-high five goals in 2017 for the Flames.
In goal, Illinois-Chicago boasts little in the way of experience as both keepers who saw action last season are not a part of the 2018 squad. Freshmen Faith Davies and Haley Leanna along with junior Tara Khayam are competing for time in net after allowing 12 goals in the first two contests of the season.
About the Leathernecks
Western Illinois (0-1) dropped their opening match of 2018 in a 1-0 road loss to Missouri State last week. A road matchup at Northern Illinois awaits the team prior to hosting UMKC on Sunday.
The Leathernecks boasted a young roster in 2017 and return nine starters from a squad that fought through a 2-15 record overall and a 1-6 mark in Summit League action. Junior midfielder Bianca Romay and junior forward Emily Bollman headline the returning group after tying for the team-lead with three goals apiece last season.
Lost from last year is goalkeeper Jennifer Currie, who made eight starts in net in 2017 for Western Illinois and posted a 1-3 record to pair with a team-best 1.99 goals against average. Junior keeper Ines Palmiero Herrera will likely get the start between the posts against the Roos following a sophomore campaign that saw her make a team-high 12 starts along with registering a team-best 57 saves along with a 2.37 goals against average and a .695 save percentage.
UMKC will return to Durwood Stadium following the two-game road swing to host Missouri Valley foes Drake and Missouri State the following week. The match against Drake is set for Friday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. CT while the contest with Missouri State will be played on Sunday, Sep. 2 at 1 p.m. CT.
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