KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (1-1) came up short in their pursuit of opening up the 2018 season with back to back wins, falling to Saint Louis (1-1) by a 2-0 final count on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides put together strong defensive efforts in the first half of play as neither team could find their rhythm on the attack. Despite controlling the ball in the offensive zone for the majority of the opening half, UMKC generated just two shots and one shot on goal.
SLU recorded seven shots in the first half but three big saves from Roos goalkeeper Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) kept the game scoreless into half. Lillig finished the match with seven saves.
Defense remained stellar in the early stages of the second half but the Billikens would ultimately break through with a goal from junior forward Alyssa Seitzer in the 68th minute for a 1-0 lead. SLU would quickly strike once more on a score at the 75:16 mark for a two-goal advantage.
The Roos were unable to record any shots in the second half as SLU took control of the game. UMKC freshman Emma Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) accounted for one of the team’s two shots on the day, the first of her career.
“Hopefully we can use this match as a learning experience very early in the season,” noted head coach Chris Cissell. “We played against a phenomenal team today.”
UMKC continues play in the 2018 campaign with a two-game road swing next weekend. The team will travel to Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Aug. 24 before squaring off with Western Illinois on Sunday, Aug. 26.
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