RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (12-3, 4-0 WAC) collected their fourth consecutive shutout win in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play, and extended their win streak to five on Friday with a 1-0 victory over California Baptist (10-3-1, 3-2 WAC).
Defense stole the show in the first half of play in a matchup between the top-two scoring teams in the conference. The Roos were able to generate a robust 17 shots and nine shots on goal in the opening period, but CBU keeper Carissa Christensen kept her team within striking distance with several nice saves. A stifling defensive effort from UMKC limited CBU to four shots in the first half, two of which were on frame.
The Roos were able to hit the scoreboard in the 34’ on a strike from Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.). Set up by a nice feed from teammate Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.), Howard gathered possession on a breakaway with only the keeper to beat and fired in a shot from the left the side of the box to UMKC a 1-0 advantage.
Howard’s goal was her seventh of the season and marked her second-game winning goal in her senior campaign. The assist was number 10 on the year for the freshman Childers, who now leads the club in that category.
“After a long day of travel yesterday and playing in much warmer weather than we have faced recently, tonight was another very solid win for our team,” noted head coach Chris Cissell.
UMKC continued to control the pace in the second half, outshooting the Lancers by a 9-5 margin while also holding a 4-1 edge in shots on goal. CBU’s only shot on goal in the final 45 minutes of play did not come until the final seconds of the match, where freshman keeper Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.) collected her third save to put the finishing touches on her sixth shutout of the season and fourth in WAC play.
Despite taking a healthy 26 shots and 13 shots on goal, a number of which were of high quality, the Roos were unable to find the net aside from their lone first half score. One goal would prove to be enough however, as the team put forth a tremendous effort in opposing a CBU attack that came in as one of the league’s best.
“Tonight was just one of those nights where we were able to get a lot set up offensively but just weren’t quite able to finish,” commented Cissell. “Getting 26 shots and 13 shots on goal generally leads to a few more goals but we are certainly happy to move to 4-0 in conference with another great shutout win.”
The Roos’ sixth team shutout on the year marked their fourth consecutive to open WAC play. With the win, the team’s record improves to an outstanding 12-3 on the season with four pivotal conference matches left on the schedule.
UMKC will close out the weekend when they return home to face Grand Canyon at Durwood Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 12. The match is set for a 1 p.m. CT start time and will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network. Tickets for Sunday’s contest can be purchased through the team’s website or by calling 844-UMKC-FAN.
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