KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (4-2) resumes play this weekend following a home split against Drake and Missouri State last week. The team will travel for a match at Kansas State on Friday, Sep. 7 at 6 p.m. CT before opening the following week in hosting Creighton on Monday, Sep. 10 at 7 p.m. CT.
Monday’s home match against Creighton will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network and both upcoming contests 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 @ Kansas State
Live Stats: UMKC vs. Creighton
About the Roos
UMKC opened up a stretch of six consecutive games against opponents from the Missouri Valley, Big East and Big 12 conferences last weekend by splitting a pair of home matchups. The team put together two solid performances but were only able to claim one victory, falling to Missouri State by a score of 2-1 after a convincing 2-0 win over Drake.
The solid start to the 2018 season has seen the Roos play solid across all three levels of the field. Through the first six matches of the year, the team is averaging a solid 1.86 goals per game while allowing just one goal per game to opponents. Additionally, UMKC has outshot opponents 96-63 while also holding a 28-17 advantage in corner kicks thus far.
Prior to giving up two goals to Missouri State in their most recent outing, the Roos defensive unit had been overly stingy, allowing just one goal over three matches. During the stretch, opponents registered only 12 shots on goal which paved the way for a pair of shutouts for freshman goalkeeper Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.).
Offensively, UMKC has gotten major contributions from a number of different players in an extremely balanced scoring attack. Senior forward Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) leads the team with six goals and 13 points on the season, leading the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and ranking second across the entire NCAA.
Senior forward Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) and freshman forward Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) have also chipped with contributions of their own in helping guide the team to a 4-2 start. Howard has recorded two goals along with three assists on the season while Childers leads the team with four assists in her first year on campus.
Howard and Mothershead have both entered rare company on the UMKC career leaderboard with strong starts to their final campaigns. With three points last weekend, Howard became the program’s leader in career points with 73 in counting in addition to inching closer to the top spot in career goals with 30, needing just two to tie Taylor Bare. Mothershead’s torrid start has vaulted her up to third in career points and goals, currently sitting at 62 points and 25 goals with plenty of time to climb further.
Scouting the Wildcats
After opening up the 2018 season with three consecutive wins, Kansas State (3-1-1) enters the match with UMKC coming off a 2-0 loss to nationally ranked Santa Clara and a 0-0 draw at San Jose State.
The Wildcats can primarily attribute their early season success to a string of strong defensive efforts. Through five matches on the year, the team has allowed just two goals, both surrendered in the loss to Santa Clara. Goalkeeper Emma Malsy has been the biggest reason behind the stellar goal prevention, making starts in all five matches while boasting a 0.38 goals against average, .917 save percentage, 22 saves and four shutouts on the season.
On the offensive end, Kansas State has not been quite as effective to this point in the year. A four-goal game in a win over Oakland has padded the team’s offensive stats early on, scoring one goal or fewer in the four other matches played. The Wildcats will look to find an offensive boost as they return home after being shutout in their two previous results.
Junior forward Katie Cramer has been the most productive offensive player for Kansas State in 2018. Despite having just one start on the season, Cramer leads the team with five points and two goals. UMKC will certainly look to keep tabs on Cramer when she is on the field when the two team’s square off on Friday.
Scouting the Bluejays
Creighton (2-3) enters the weekend as winners of two of their past three matches, rebounding after back to back losses by a combined score of 5-0 to open the 2018 season. A home contest with South Dakota awaits the team prior the team arriving at Durwood Stadium for Monday’s matchup.
The early season turnaround for the Bluejays has largely been made possible on the defensive end. After surrendering five goals in the opening two matches, the team has buckled down to allow just one two scores over their past three, which includes a pair of shutout victories.
Goalkeeper Katie Sullivan will likely make the start for Creighton in net, having been in net for all 450 minutes of action on the season. The results have been up and down for Sullivan as the Roos will look to test the redshirt freshman keeper early and often. On the year, Sullivan has allowed seven goals of the 20 shots on net she has faced for a .650 save percentage.
The Bluejays have not had any one player stand out offensively thus far on the season, as the team has notched just three goals on the year. Midfielders Taryn Jakubowski and Aline Reinkober have been the most consistent threats, both having one goal and five shots on goal.
Tickets for Monday’s home match, along with season tickets for the entire 2018 season, can be purchased through the team’s website or by calling 844-UMKC-FAN.
The biggest home stand of the 2018 season awaits UMKC following the two upcoming matchups. The Roos will host a pair of Big 12 Conference foes over the course of three days, squaring off with Iowa State on Friday, Sep. 14 before taking on Oklahoma State on Sunday, Sep. 16.
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