KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (6-2) inches closer to the end of nonconference play this weekend with a pair of marquee home matches against opponents from the Big 12 Conference. The team will host Iowa State on Friday, Sep. 14 at 7 p.m. CT before concluding the weekend with a contest against Oklahoma State on Sunday, Sep. 16 at 1 p.m. CT.
Both matches will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network and in addition to having Live Stats available to follow along with the action. Fans can also stay updated through the team’s Twitter account for score updates.
Live Stats: UMKC vs. Iowa State
Live Stats: UMKC vs. Oklahoma State
About the Roos
UMKC comes into the weekend matches riding a wave of momentum fresh off a pair of impressive wins. A dramatic 3-2 road victory over Kansas State last Friday was followed up with a dominant 4-2 triumph over Creighton earlier this week, where the Roos were able to keep fresh legs for contests ahead by playing all 21 players for significant minutes.
The team has been red-hot offensively of late, recording seven goals in their previous two matches and hitting the scoreboard 10 times over their past four. Seniors Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) and Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) have been the primary scoring threats for the Roos, both putting together stellar seasons in what have been tremendous careers.
Mothershead shares the NCAA lead in goals scored on the year with nine, leading the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) by an astounding four goals. Howard ranks second in the WAC with four goals to pair with a team-high six assists on the season. Howard and Mothershead rank first and third, respectively, in career goals and points in UMKC program history.
A pair of freshman – Amanda Sampson (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) have also continued to make significant contributions on the offensive end in 2018. Sampson, who registered a goal in the win over Creighton, has two goals on the year while Childers ranks second on the team with five assists.
UMKC strong nonconference results have been aided by terrific play in the midfield and on the defensive line as well. Midfielders Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) and Liz Mann (Kansas City, Mo.) have been steady two-way players and have played a large role in the team allowing just 1.25 goals per game, good for fourth-best in the WAC.
Scouting the Cyclones
Iowa State (2-5-1) enters the Friday night contest on a bit of skid, coming with just one victory over their previous seven matches. Most recently, the team received a boost in coming away with a 2-1 win over rival Iowa before falling to Milwaukee by a 3-2 count last weekend.
One of the biggest struggles for the Cyclones in the first half of their season has been generating enough offense, scoring just nine goals as a team over their first eight matches. ISU has been outshot by roughly three shots per game and has generated just over five shots on goal per match.
ISU has three players who have each scored a pair of goals on the season. One of which, senior midfielder Emily Steil, has provided the biggest boost on the offensive end with two goals to pair with two assists.
The Cyclones had been steadier on the defensive front in the early portion of their schedule, allowing just five opponent goals while registering two shutouts over their first five matches. Since then, ISU has been unable to shut down the opposition with as much success, giving up seven goals in their previous three contests.
Scouting the Cowgirls
Perhaps the toughest opponent on UMKC’s 2018 schedule, Oklahoma State (6-1) have picked up right where they left off last season after claiming a Big 12 regular season championship in posting an 8-1 conference record and a 16-4-3 record overall. The Cowgirls have been dominant over the past three matches, picking up three wins by a combined score of 8-1 over the stretch.
One key to coming up with a massive nonconference win for UMKC will be to avoid falling into an early deficit. OSU has been overwhelming for opponents in first period action this season, having scored six goals without surrendering a score to their opposition in seven matches.
Shutting down the Cowgirls’ offense will be no easy task for the Roos when the two teams square off. OSU averages 2.29 goals per game but making matters more challenging is their scoring depth, boasting eight players with at least one goal and four players with two or more scores on the year.
Forwards Marlo Zoller and Haley Woodard will be likely be the primary focus for the Roos as the tandem has combined for seven goals and two assists thus far in 2018. Zoller has been particularly effective lately, registering goals in each of the team’s last three matches.
Tickets for both weekend matches, along with tickets for the entire 2018 season, can be purchased through the team’s website or by calling 844-UMKC-FAN.
UMKC closes out the nonconference portion of the 2018 schedule the following weekend with a two-game road trip. The team will square off with South Dakota State on Friday, Sep. 21 before taking on South Dakota on Sunday, Sep. 23 in their final tune-ups for WAC play.
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