EDINBURG, Texas – The UMKC women’s soccer team (9-3, 1-0 WAC) went on the road to open Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play for the 2018 season, picking up a win in convincing fashion over UT Rio Grande Valley (6-5-1, 0-1 WAC) by a 3-0 final score.
After a weather delay that lasted nearly two hours, the Roos wasted little time in grabbing an early lead as they struck for the match’s opening goal in just under two minutes of play. Freshman forward Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) picked up right where she left last time, following up her game-winning goal against South Dakota with her third score of the season at the 1:57 mark. The early strike was set up by fellow freshman Amanda Sampson (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) who registered her first career assist.
UMKC continued to press forward looking to sustain the momentum from the early advantage. The team would do just that in the 23’ of play when the elder Childers’ sister, Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) was set up with a nice assist from her younger sibling, her sixth of the year, and sent home a missile from just outside the box to extend the lead to 2-0. The goal was Childers’ third of the season, all of which have come in the previous two matches.
“We played extremely well tonight all things considered,” noted head coach Chris Cissell. “After having to sit through a lengthy weather delay and playing on a wet surface, we showed a lot of focus to come out and put together a complete performance in all phases.”
Following the halftime break, UMKC once again came out firing and recorded another quick score just moments into second half play. For the second time in the match, it was Rylan Childers who find the back of the net, gathering a pass inside the box from another freshman Emma Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) and redirecting inside the right post for the final score of the game. The 48’ goal bumped Childers’ total up to four for the season and the assist marked the first career point for Wilson.
With a heavy emphasis on cleaning up defensive issues that had resulted in multiple goals allowed in five of the past six contests, the Roos were very sharp defensively in the conference opener. The team routinely shut down every UTRGV attack on their half of the field for a full 90 minutes, resulting in the club’s third shutout of the season. Freshman goalkeeper Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.) was unblemished in net, credited with 11 saves on the night as she picked up her third shutout and improved her record to 5-1 between the posts.
“We are thrilled to open up conference play for the season with an impressive win to set the tone for the rest of our WAC schedule,” commented Cissell. “After giving up a few more goals than we would like in the past couple weeks, we played a strong defensive game and continued to play well offensively, getting three great goals that were set up through terrific passing in the offensive zone.”
The three-goal output marked the fifth match out of the previous six in which UMKC registered three or more goals. The Roos currently hold a sizable WAC lead in goals on the season and now have scored a total of 17 over the past six contests. Additionally, all 17 field players who made the trip were able to record minutes in the win.
UMKC will return to Durwood Stadium to host CSU Bakersfield for the WAC home-opener on Sunday, Sep. 30 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network and will have Live Stats available.
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