KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (7-3) will close out nonconference play in the 2018 season with a pair of road matchups this weekend. The team will square off with South Dakota State on Friday, Sep. 21 before traveling to South Dakota on Sunday, Sep. 23.
Both weekend road matches will have Live Stats available to follow along with the action. Fans can also stay updated through the team’s Twitter account for live score updates.
Live Stats: UMKC @ South Dakota State
Live Stats: UMKC @ South Dakota
About the Roos
UMKC enters the weekend on the heels of a close 2-1 loss to nationally ranked and reigning Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma State. The narrow defeat came directly after the team reeled off its second three-game win streak of the season, a stretch that included big wins over Big 12 opponents Kansas State and Iowa State.
Finding the back of the net has been absolutely no issue for the Roos of late, striking for 18 goals over their past seven contests and 11 in their previous four. With Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play set to begin next week, the team leads the conference by a wide margin with 22 goals on the season, with the next closest currently sitting at 14.
UMKC has not been as successful recently in shutting down opponent scoring attacks, being tagged for nine goals in their past five matches. Despite the recent hiccup, the team is still allowing just 1.30 opponent goals per game which is good for third-best in the WAC.
The Roos have displayed a great deal of endurance through 10 matchups in the 2018 season, consistently outplaying their opposition in the second of matches with steady play for a full 90 minutes. Offensively, the club has outscored opponents 10-8 while holding a 79-54 edge in shots in first periods compared to an 11-5 scoring margin with a 78-65 advantage in shots in second halves. Net play has also been strong following halftime breaks, as UMKC keepers have combined to make 26 saves in fending off what have generally been comeback attempts.
Speaking of goalkeepers, the Roos have may still be unsettled on a full-time starter between the posts. Senior Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) and freshman Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.) have each seen time in net and both registered up and down performances. In four starts on the season, Lillig has posted a 2-2 record with a .727 save percentage and 1.49 goals against average. Fennewald, who has been the starter in the team’s last four contests, holds a 4-1 record with a .741 save percentage and 1.17 goals against average to pair with two shutouts.
Scouting the Jackrabbits
South Dakota State (5-4-1) heads into the match following a stretch of mixed results over the past two weeks, alternating wins and losses along with a draw in their previous five matches. The team has struggled to string together another winning stretch like the three-game win streak they rattled off immediately following two losses to open the season.
Goal prevention has been the Jackrabbits’ calling card this season, allowing just eight opponent scores in 10 contests on the year. Even more astounding is the caveat that five of the eight goals allowed came in the first two matches of the season, with team surrendering just three goals and posting six shutouts in their previous eight games.
While the defensive metrics have stayed consistent throughout all 90 minutes of play for SDSU, their scoring attack has been far more potent in second half action this season. Through the opening 10 matches, the team has played an even 4-4 with opponents while slightly trailing 77-72 in shots in first periods, as opposed to outscoring the opposition 10-4 with a 73-52 shot advantage in second halves.
Offensively, the Jackrabbits have fairly balanced with 14 goals coming from eight different players. UMKC will likely shift their focus primarily on freshman midfielder Karlee Manding and junior forward Leah Manuleleau. Manding leads the club with four goals and nine points on the season while Manuleleau has registered three goals and a pair of assists in a limited six matches.
In net, the Roos will almost certainly face junior keeper Maggie Smither, who has put together a strong start to the 2018 season. Smither, who allowed just one goal and made some big saves when the two teams squared off a season ago, boasts a .862 save percentage to pair with a 0.81 goals against average and 50 saves registered.
Scouting the Coyotes
South Dakota (4-2-2) enters the weekend riding a wave of momentum, claiming victories in four of their past five matches with the one loss coming on the road in double-overtime at Creighton. The Coyotes have matched up with two opponents that UMKC has defeated in 2018, losing to Creighton while picking up a 2-1 win over Drake.
USD compares very similarly to their in-state counterpart SDSU and will offer a similar challenge to the Roos scoring attack. Through 10 matches, the Coyotes have been strong in their defensive end, allowing just nine opponent goals on the season. Like the Jackrabbits, four of their nine scores allowed came in the first contest of 2018 as the team has responded to limit opponents to a staggering five goals in their previous nine matches.
The Coyotes’ strong defense has proven to be vulnerable in the later stages of action however, as they have surrendered seven second half goals on the year. Additionally, the club has been outshot by a wide 62-36 margin in second periods, an area that the Roos will look to exploit when the two sides clash.
On the other end of the field, USD is led by a trio of players – forwards Tiannah Moore and Kelle Willer, and midfielder Amanda Carpio – who have combined to strike for nine of the team’s 14 goals. Willer has been particularly active in the attacking half, registering a team-leading five assists and 16 shots to pair with her two scores. Moore will also draw the attention of UMKC defenders having scored three goals in the previous four matches.
The Roos will finish off their three-game road stretch as they open up WAC play at UT Rio Grande Valley on Friday, Sep. 28. UMKC will return home to close out the month by hosting CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, Sep. 30.
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