Early Goal Dooms 'Roos in 1-0 Loss to UCA
UMKC Athletics 8-24-2014
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Central Arkansas forward Shelby Wilson scored 22 seconds into the match and UMKC was unable to recover, falling to the visitors 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at Durwood Stadium.

The Bears stunned the Kangaroos, as Brooke Ballard intercepted an ill-advised pass deep within the Kansas City zone and crossed it to Wilson who provided UCA with the advantage from the virtual outset.

The 'Roos were unable to establish a consistent possession advantage for the remainder of the opening half, routinely sending through-balls long and struggling to find shot opportunities. That would change in the second half, however, as UCA goalkeeper Anna Hughes found herself under pressure from a handful of attempts at the equalizing goal.

Freshman Kara Priest, who provided the game-winner on Friday, managed to test Hughes first, breaking free in the 79th minute for an open look from nine yards out. Priest ripped a shot aimed for the far post, but the attempt sailed wide off of a Hughes deflection.

Just over one minute later, it was Ellie Chadick alone with Hughes with a straight-away attempt just strides from the six-yard box. Chadick put her shot on net, but Hughes was able to deny the attempt with a diving save.

Perhaps the 'Roos best chance to tie the game came in the 84th minute off of a Kaely Tott corner kick. Maureen Bigsby found the other end of Tott's entry and managed a shot on goal, but her bid was deflected away. Lauren Zach fired her own attempt off of Bigsby's blocked shot, but the ball bounded off of the right post and was cleared successfully.

UMKC held an 8-4 shot advantage and a 6-4 corner kick advantage -- typically a recipe for success. The 'Roos were whistled for 10 fouls, however, including seven in the second half. Meanwhile, UCA was whistled for four fouls in the first half and none in the second.

Goalkeeper Nina Tzianos was perfect for 89 minutes, but falls to 1-1 nonetheless. The 'Roos will look to bounce back on Friday in Tulsa, Okla., vs. Oral Roberts. Kickoff was originally slated for 5 p.m., but has since been pushed to 7 p.m.

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