KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team will play their first home games of the 2017 season this weekend at Durwood Stadium. The Roos will host the Illinois-Chicago Flames on Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. CT in the home opener before matching up with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. CT.
About the Roos
UMKC opens up the home slate of their schedule after a tough weekend on the road falling to Oral Roberts 1-2 and Oklahoma State 1-4. Despite being unable to secure a victory there were plenty of bright spots for the team. In the match against ORU, junior goalkeeper Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) was absolutely stellar in net. She finished the game with a career high ten saves and kept the Roos within striking distance. Despite the loss, UMKC played a very crisp game and outplayed the Eagles in several areas. Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) notched her first goal of the season in the second half. Against Oklahoma State, the Roos were able to regroup after halftime trailing 4-0. UMKC was the better team in the second half and a goal from Abby Small (Kansas City, Mo.) gave the team what would end as a 1-0 edge in the second half.
About the Flames
Illinois-Chicago enters the contest at 0-2 as well with losses to Indiana State 0-2 and Eastern Michigan 1-2. The Flames were picked to finish sixth in the Horizon League and come off a 6-10-2 record in 2016. Returning for the Flames from last season are ten starters and a pair of freshman all-conference selections in Tamae Douglas and Emily Valentine. The matchup between the Roos and Flames will be the first in series history.
About the Jackrabbits
South Dakota State is coming off a disappointing weekend with losses to #20 Utah 4-1 and Utah State 0-1 in double overtime. The Jackrabbits were picked to finish second in the Summit League while garnering the most first place votes in the league. The team saw a significant amount of turnover this past offseason as Brock Thompson, who served as an assistant coach for nine years, stepped into the head coach position in January. The Jackrabbits have a change in team captain as well with senior midfielder Julia Lam taking over after playing in all 21 games a season ago. Redshirt sophomore Maggie Smither, a preseason all-conference selection, could make it tough on the Roos as she comes of a school record .34 goals against average in 2016. UMKC faced South Dakota State last year in Brookings, S.D. narrowly losing 2-3.
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