KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (2-2) wrapped up their first regular season home stand with a 1-0 win over South Dakota State (1-3). Although the weather was certainly not ideal with rain showers falling throughout the game, the Roos performance on the pitch was significantly more welcoming.
“We played extremely well today and much like Friday night’s game it was complete team effort”, commented head coach Chris Cissell. “We were very sharp in all phases of the game and the effort level was superb.”
The Roos came out firing from the opening kick at Durwood Stadium. UMKC outshot South Dakota State 5-1 in the first half and held a significant edge in time of possession as well. Defense was again phenomenal for the second straight game for the squad. The few attacks that were put together by the opposition were quickly snuffed out and turned away throughout the entire match. Abby Small (Kansas City, Mo.) highlighted the strong defensive effort, forcing several turnovers and clearing the ball away from danger on several occasions.
Despite being kept off the scoreboard in the first half, the Roos stayed the course and opened up the second half with impressive energy. It would pay off in the 48th minute, where South Dakota State was forced to commit a foul on Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) who had possession of the ball and a good look at goal inside the box. Her ensuing penalty kick was chipped in past Smither to account for what would be the deciding goal in the contest. Howard’s goal was the only shot that got by South Dakota State goalkeeper Maggie Smither. Smither was as good as advertised, shutting down a few excellent shots on her way to four saves on the day.
UMKC continued their relentless attack throughout the remainder of the second half. Although they were unable to find an insurance goal to extend the lead, the victory was never in doubt as the squad continued to hold possession in their offensive zone and shut down potential chances on the defensive end. The win marked the Roos’ second team shutout and was the first shutout for goalkeeper Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) for the season.
“It was a fantastic way to rebound from last weekend”, commented Cissell. “Coming home and winning two games in the fashion that we did speaks volumes toward the commitment level of our players and their preparation.”
UMKC will hit the road again next weekend to face Drake on Friday, Sep. 1 at 7 p.m. CT before taking on Iowa State on Sunday, Sep. 3 at 1 p.m. CT. Live stats will be available for both matches through StatBroadcast.
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