OREM, Utah – The UMKC women’s soccer team (14-3, 6-0 WAC) picked up their seventh consecutive win and tied the program record with their 14th season victory on Friday night with a 1-0 shutout win over Utah Valley (4-12-1, 3-3 WAC).
In what proved to be a very physical and defensive conference battle, both sides were overly effective in shutting down opponent attacks through the majority of the late season matchup. In the first half of play, the Roos were able to fire in four shots with two shots on goal while UVU registered five shots and one shot on goal in the period, sending the match into the halftime break locked in a scoreless tie.
The Roos were able to find more success in their attack in the second half of play, working their way towards 12 shots and six shots on goal in a strong closing effort. Their second half performance would finally pay off in the 76’ of play as freshman forward Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.), collected a rebound off of a Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) saved shot attempt, redirecting the ball into the top-left corner of the net for a late 1-0 edge. The score marked the seventh goal of the season for Rylan and the seventh assist of the year for Reighan.
UMKC would hold on for the final 14 minutes of play to preserve Childers’ late score as the game-winner. Freshman goalkeeper Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.) played a major role in the team’s sixth-consecutive shutout in registering seven saves, a number of which were of the challenging variety, in her seventh shutout of the season.
In what was a complete defensive effort by the Roos in their sixth conference victory of the 2018 season, the defensive of line of Abby Small (Kansas City, Mo.), Halle Hamilton (Lincoln, Neb.), Maddi Cipolla (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) and Emma Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) limited UVU to 10 shots and five shots on goal in the match, notching the team’s sixth consecutive shutout to in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play.
Beyond Childers’ game-deciding goal, UMKC was led offensively by senior forward Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) who registered a team-high five shots along with a pair of shots on goal in the match.
“The win for our team tonight was hard fought in a very physical match and improving to 14-3 and 6-0 in the conference is another big step for our program this season,” noted head coach Chris Cissell. “Utah Valley deserves a ton of credit for the way they came out and competed tonight, giving us a great fight in what was a very tightly contested match.”
The Roos are back in action on Sunday with their final road contest of the season against Seattle U. A win to close out the weekend would secure a second-consecutive WAC regular season championship for the club and would also mark a program record for most wins in a season. The matchup is set to kick off at 3 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network.
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