KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (10-3, 2-0 WAC) extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-0 shutout victory over CSU Bakersfield (4-7, 1-1 WAC) in Sunday’s conference home-opener.
Riding a stretch of 17 goals in their previous six matches, the Roos’ offense showed up once again facing a CSUB team who has been strong in goal prevention in the first half of the 2018 season. After setting up multiple attacks in the early minutes of play, UMKC found the opening score at the 13:17 mark, where Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) collected a rebound off of a Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) saved shot in front of the net.
Childers redirected the loose ball into the net on her sixth goal of the season to give UMKC an early 1-0 advantage. The score was Childers’ fifth goal over the previous four matches and the assist was a team-leading number eight on the season for Howard.
A few minutes later, it was Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) who joined her sister in the scoring department. A CSUB turnover on their half of the field was collected by freshman Amanda Sampson (Lees’ Summit, Mo.) and quickly fired over to Childers, who fired off a missile from outside the box to the far left post to extend the UMKC lead in the 24’ of play.
The goal was number six on the season for Childers, the fourth in her previous three contests. Sampson picked up her second assist of the year and marked the second straight match with an assist for the freshman. In what has been a remarkable showing by both Childers’ on the UMKC roster this season, the two first half scores marked the previous eight goals by the Roos recorded by one of the Childers’ duo.
“Another outstanding performance in all phases for our team in another big conference win,” commented head coach Chris Cissell. “Coming away with another convincing victory on our home field against a solid WAC opponent and getting to play all of our field players in the match is something we are very proud of.”
Despite completely dominating play in the remainder of the first half, the match was sent into halftime with UMKC holding a 2-0 lead. The first 45 minutes of play saw the Roos outshoot their opponent 13-0 in addition to holding an 8-0 advantage in shots on goal.
Second half action looked largely the same as the opening period, as UMKC routinely maintained possession in the offensive zone and snuffed away any opponent threat crossing midfield. The Roos generated 14 shots, nine shots on goal and seven corner kicks in the second half alone but did not find the scoreboard for a third time until the 79’ of play. Played up on a brilliant through ball from Ry. Childers, Emily Jenson (Wichita, Kan.) gathered the feed and raced down the right side of the field before making a quick move toward the center of the box and notching her first career goal on a strike to the far post.
Moments later, UMKC picked up their fourth and final goal of the day on another brilliant display of passing and execution. Defender Halle Hamilton (Lincoln, Neb.) gained possession near midfield and sent a nifty ball over the defense to find a streaking Ryann Burnett (Wichita, Kan.) up ahead. With only the keeper to beat, Burnett whistled a shot past the outstretched CSUB keeper for her first goal of the season to cap off the match with a 4-0 final count.
“I have been extremely impressed with our defensive effort in the last two matches and it has been a major factor in us starting WAC play with a 2-0 record,” noted Cissell. “Holding a good opponent to just one shot and getting contributions from our entire roster in all phases of the game has us playing with a lot of confidence.”
Defense has been absolutely stellar for the Roos in their last two contests, as they picked up a second consecutive shutout win to open WAC play in 2018. Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.) improved her record to 7-1 in net and picked up her third shutout of the season thanks to a stifling defensive effort that limited the Roadrunners to just one shot and no shots on goal.
UMKC is back in action next week at Durwood Stadium when team will host New Mexico State on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network.
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