KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (13-3, 5-0 WAC) will play their final road contests of the 2018 season this weekend as the team matches up with Utah Valley on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. CT before traveling to face Seattle U on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 3 p.m. CT.
Both weekend road matches will 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.
Live Stats: UMKC @ Utah Valley
Live Stats: UMKC @ Seattle U
About the Roos
A pair of shutout wins last week over California Baptist and Grand Canyon extended UMKC’s win streak to an incredible six games and improved their conference record to a perfect 5-0. Dating back to the 2016 season, the team has claimed victories in 13 consecutive WAC matches.
With three contests left in conference play this season, the club looks to make it back to back years as undefeated WAC regular season championship. A win over Seattle U this weekend, who trail the Roos by two points with one fewer match left to play, would mean the team could finish no lower than second in the standings. With a UMKC win or draw against Seattle U, the team would need just one point in the other two matches to clinch while a loss would mean the Roos would need to win both other contests.
In addition to nearly securing their second consecutive regular season WAC championship, the team is just one win away from tying the mark of most regular season wins in program history. The massive amount of success, coupled with 17 combined NCAA top-25 team and individual rankings at the start of this week, has made the 2018 season a truly special one.
While UMKC has used a potent offensive attack in piling up wins in the first half of the season, it has been a stifling team defensive effort that has kept the club sending opponents away with losses. The Roos have yet to allow an opponent score in conference play through five matches while limiting opponents to an astoundingly low 19 shots and six shots on goal over their past four matches.
The offensive attack has not been lost, despite slightly falling off from their torrid pace of 13 goals in four matches. UMKC still leads the WAC by a double-digit margin with 38 goals on the year along with an average of 2.50 goals per game in conference play.
Additionally, the Roos boast the top-three WAC leaders in points – Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.), Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) and Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.). Mothershead and Howard also rank inside the WAC top-five in goals scored with Mothershead tied for the league lead with 10 and Howard tied-third with eight.
Scouting the Wolverines
Utah Valley (4-11-1, 3-2 WAC) enters the contest with UMKC after splitting a pair of conference matches last week, picking up a 3-0 win over CSU Bakersfield before falling narrowly to California Baptist by a 1-0 count. The team currently sits in fifth place in the WAC standings, trailing fourth by just a single point.
The Wolverines rank in the middle of the conference in both goals scored and goals allowed on the season, averaging 1.31 goals per game while allowing a 1.49 opponent scores per game on the year. The team has fared much better in WAC play however, averaging a tied for league-high 2.60 goals per game in addition to allowing 0.80 goals per game, good for third-best in the WAC.
UVU’s attack has been noticeably more dangerous in recent action as the team has recorded nine goals over their previous three matches. They are led offensively by redshirt freshman forward Sadie Brockbank who has tallied a team-high seven goals and 17 points on the year, ranking in the WAC top-10 in both categories. With five goals scored in the teams past three contests, she will certainly draw the attention of the UMKC defensive line.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Sarah Davis has taken over the starting job in net for the Wolverines after beginning the season as the backup keeper and seemingly solidified her position with several quality outings in net over the past few weeks. Davis has allowed just one goal in her last three starts, picking up seven saves in the stretch.
Scouting the Redhawks
Seattle U (6-7-3, 4-1-1 WAC) heads into the weekend as winners of three of their previous four matches, most recently playing to a scoreless draw against UT Rio Grande Valley on the road. Currently holding second place in the WAC standings, the team will almost certainly need to come away with a victory against the Roos to have a chance at claiming the conference regular season championship.
The Redhawks join UMKC as one of the top offensive clubs in the conference, averaging 1.69 goals per game overall while scoring 2.50 goals per game in WAC play, good for third-best in the league. Prior to their scoreless draw last time out, the team had amassed an outstanding 11 goals over their prior three contests. The Roos will hope to keep the offense off track a while longer when the two sides square off.
Doing so will likely mean shutting down junior forward Jessie Ray who has been one of the conference’s premiere offensive players over the past three years. Ray ranks fifth in the WAC with seven goals scored on the season despite missing six matches and also leads the conference with 2.0 points per game.
Seattle U has also been sharp on the defensive end of the field in 2018, allowing 1.32 opponent goals per game overall and 0.80 goals in WAC play, both figures sitting in the top-three of the conference. The team has registered three shutouts in their prior six contests and has allowed one goal or fewer in the same stretch.
The Redhawks have been particularly effective in keeping opponents off the scoreboard in first halves, allowing just four goals in the first 45 minutes of action in 16 matches on the year. Goalkeeper Ariana Romero has been a big part of the club’s success in goal prevention, ranking inside the WAC top-five in goals against average (0.80), saves (30) and save percentage (.857) in conference play.
The Roos will close out the 2018 regular season the following weekend with a home matchup against Chicago State on Saturday, Oct. 27. The contest will serve as Senior Day as the team will honor its six senior student athletes.
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