KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (10-3) will put their three-game win streak on the line this weekend as the team hosts Western Athletic Conference (WAC) foe New Mexico State on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. CT.
Sunday’s contest will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network and 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.
About the Roos
UMKC enters the weekend matchup in full stride, riding a three-game win streak while also having won six of their previous seven contests by a combined score of 21-9. The team got off to a strong start in WAC play last weekend by picking up a pair of dominant shutout victories over UT Rio Grande Valley and CSU Bakersfield.
The program also picked up some lofty recognition for the tremendous success thus far in the 2018 season, earning a spot in the United Soccer Coaches top-10 ranking of the pacific region. The team’s first ever ranking by the United Soccer Coaches saw the Roos picked ahead of a number teams from the Pac 12 Conference, West Coast Conference and the WAC.
UMKC’s potent offensive attack has not cooled off in the slightest, now entering a fifth week of what has been a simply incredible run. Over the club’s previous seven matches, they have struck the scoreboard 21 times in picking up six wins. The team ranks tied-sixth across the entire NCAA with 32 goals scored on the season.
While the Roos’ attack has remained sharp, the team’s defensive effort has also tightened up significantly in recent action. Following a stretch that saw UMKC allow multiple opponent goals in five of six contests, the team buckled down last weekend to post back to back shutouts to open conference play. The dominant performances in both halves of the field led to WAC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards for freshman forward Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) and freshman keeper Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.).
Speaking of Childers, she and her older sister Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) recently saw a monumental offensive run come to an end in the 4-0 over CSU Bakersfield. Prior to UMKC scoring for a third time in the match, the sibling duo had combined to score the previous eight goals for the team, spanning over three contests.
Both Childers’, along with senior forwards Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) and Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) enter the weekend among the conference-leaders in all offensive categories. Mothershead leads the WAC with nine goals on the season while both Childers’ sit tied-fourth with six. In assists, Howard leads the WAC with eight helpers while Ry. Childers ranks second with seven and Re. Childers along with Mothershead boast a fourth-most five season assists.
Scouting the Aggies
New Mexico State (1-10, 0-1 WAC) has battled through a tough 2018 season, finishing nonconference play with a 1-9 record before dropping their WAC opener against Utah Valley by a final score of 3-0 last weekend. The team is currently looking to snap a six-game losing streak and will have a road matchup with California Baptist prior to facing the Roos on Sunday.
The Aggies’ record is very indicative of the team’s stats through their first 11 matches, averaging just 1.09 goals per game while allowing 2.36 opponent goals per game on the season. NMSU ranks fifth in the conference in scoring offense while sitting next to last in goals allowed per game.
Despite the lack of scoring, the Aggies have fared pretty well in getting shots off as they sit in the middle of the WAC in averaging just over 12 shots per game. The team has struggled to put these shots on net consistently however, boasting a shot on goal percentage of .398 and averaging under five shots on goal per match.
NMSU is led offensively by a pair of players – forward/midfielder Aileen Galicia and defender Katie Martinez – who have combined to record seven of the team’s 12 goals on the year. Garcia has notched a team-leading four goals while also holding a sizeable team-lead with 32 shots. Martinez is tied for a conference-best three goals among defenders and has shown great accuracy on her shots, boasting a .231 shooting percentage and a .462 shot on goal percentage.
The Aggies have used three different goalkeepers this season and appears to still be waiting for one keeper to grab the full-time starting position in net. Among the three, Mia Montano and Ashley Martin have posted the best results and will likely be who the Roos see between the posts when the two sides square off. Montano holds a 1-4 record with 2.32 goals against average and a .679 save percentage while Martin is 0-5 on the year with a 3.01 goals against average and a .676 save percentage.
Single game tickets for Sunday’s conference match against New Mexico State can be purchased online through the team’s website or by calling 844-UMKC-FAN.
UMKC will remain at home to begin the second week of conference play as they host New Mexico State at Durwood Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 7. The match is slated to kick off at 1 p.m. CT.
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