KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (7-3) looked to extend their winning streak to four games on Sunday afternoon against Oklahoma State (8-1) but were unable to hang on to an early lead, falling by a final score of 2-1.
UMKC got on the board early with a goal from Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) at the 15:47 mark for a 1-0 first period lead. The goal was Howard’s fifth of the season but more notably was the 33rd of her career, moving the senior forward up to first all-time in program history. Additionally, the goal was assisted by Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) which gave her 16 for her career, also tops in program history.
The Cowgirls found an answer just moments after Howard’s record-setting score, striking for an equalizing goal in the 19’ by forward Haley Woodard. Neither side would find the net as the first half came to a close in a 1-1 tie. In a tightly contested opening period, OSU held just a slim 12-9 edge in shots and 4-2 advantage in shots on goal.
“I thought we played well today and competed hard from start to finish,” commented head coach Chris Cissell. “Oklahoma State is nationally ranked team and we played even with them throughout the entire match.”
Second half action look largely similar to the opening 45 minutes of play, as both sides traded possessions without finding the back of the net. With under 15 minutes left to play in regulation, a corner kick taken by OSU’s Grace Yochum found its way past UMKC goalkeeper Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.) thanks to some crafty spin to put the Cowgirls out front. Fennewald finished the day with four saves in total.
In what was a very evenly matched contest throughout all 90 minutes, OSU finished the match outshooting the Roos by a narrow 17-14 margin while holding a 6-3 edge in corner kicks as the clock expired. The match’s completion also marks the end of a six game stretch for UMKC that included three Big 12 Conference opponents as well as members of the Missouri Valley and Big East conferences. The team went a remarkable 5-1 during the stretch as they move closer to the end of nonconference play in 2018.
“I am very proud of the way our team came out and competed against top-flight competition over the past few weeks,” noted Cissell. “Being able to consistently bring our best through such a difficult stretch of games is very impressive and gives us a good boost as we approach WAC play.”
UMKC will conclude nonconference play for the 2018 season next weekend with a pair of road matches. The team will take on South Dakota State on Friday, Sep. 21 before traveling to South Dakota on Sunday, Sep. 23.
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