KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (14-4, 6-1 WAC) will play to secure their second-consecutive Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season championship on Saturday in the regular season finale against Chicago State 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 marches into final weekend of the regular season fresh off their first conference loss since the 2016 season. The 3-1 loss to Seattle U on Sunday came after a hard-fought 1-0 road win over Utah Valley to inch one step closer to a WAC regular season championship.
A win on Saturday for the Roos would clinch the conference regular season championship for a second year in a row, regardless of the other outcomes of WAC matches on the season’s final day. A draw would mean the club could finish no lower than second, securing a first round bye in the WAC Tournament. A loss, coupled with wins by Seattle U and UT Rio Grande Valley, would result in a third-place finish for the Roos.
Beyond playing for a conference title, UMKC also has a chance to make history this weekend as a win would mark the team’s 15th this season, which would set a new program-high. With at least two more matches guaranteed this season, it seems very likely that the accomplishment will be achieved.
Even with last weekend’s loss to Seattle U, the Roos still remain at the top of the WAC standings with 18 points and also still hold a commanding team lead in goals scored with 40 on the year, next closest sitting at 30. Defensively, UMKC has been equally as strong as they sit atop the conference with just three goals allowed in WAC play with a goals against average of 0.43.
There is no questioning that the Roos’ senior class has played a massive role in the team’s success over the past few years and Saturday will mark the final match played at Durwood Stadium for the six senior student athletes. Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.), Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.), Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.), Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.), Ryann Burnett (Wichita, Kan.) and Emily Talmon (Papillion, Neb.) will all be honored in the weekend match as part of Senior Day festivities.
Scouting the Cougars
Chicago State (0-15-1, 0-7 WAC) enters the season finale looking to end 2018 on a high note with their first win of the season. Despite some rather lopsided outcomes throughout the year, the team played in a pair of tightly contested matches last week with a 2-1 loss to New Mexico State and 2-0 loss to UT Rio Grande Valley.
As a team, the Cougars rank last in the conference in both goals scored (11) and goals allowed (69) overall. Conference play has not seen the team fare any better, sitting at the bottom of the WAC with four goals scored and 27 allowed to WAC opponents.
While the matchup may appear to be a fairly easy task for the Roos, they will almost certainly come out with great energy to in attempts to wrap up a WAC regular season championship and number one seed in the conference tournament for a second straight year. Two players to keep an eye on for Chicago State are forwards Sara Quevedo and Marissa Beale. Each player has recorded a tie-for team best four goals on the year, the lone sources of offense for the team.
Single game tickets for Saturday’s regular season finale against Chicago State can be purchased online through the team’s website or by calling 844-UMKC-FAN.
UMKC will be in action next as they begin play in the WAC Tournament the following week. Barring a loss on Saturday, the team will clinch a top-two seed in the tournament and have a first round bye, awaiting their opponent for a match on Nov. 1.
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