SEATTLE, Wash. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (14-4, 6-1 WAC) came up short in their attempt to claim a victory in their eighth consecutive match, falling to Seattle U (7-7-3, 5-1-1 WAC) in their final road contest of the season.
The highly anticipated matchup between the top two teams in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) lived up to the hype as both sides fought hard for a tightly contested 90 minutes of action. While UMKC and Seattle U each accounted for seven shots apiece in the first half of play, the Redhawks held a slight 4-3 edge in shots on goal while claiming a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Roos’ defensive line was able to weather the early Seattle U attack with little damage but were unable to keep the Redhawks off the board. In the 38’, Seattle U’s Bailey Hall found the opening score of the game for a 1-0 lead on her first goal of the season.
UMKC quickly answered less than a minute later with an equalizing goal at the 38:02 mark. Freshman forward Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) evened up the score at 1-1 on her eighth goal of the season, marking back to back matches in which she has registered a score and bumped her conference-best goal total in WAC matches to six.
With no further scoring in the first half of action, the match resumed play in the second half with the score still locked at one apiece. The heavy travel over the weekend and the lingering effects of a physical match with Utah Valley on Friday took its toll on the Roos in the final 45 minutes.
Having not played since last Sunday, Seattle U’s fresh legs propelled them to a strong finish as UMKC fought to hang on. Forced to go deeper into their bench due to a pair of injuries and overall fatigue, the Roos saw goals scored against them at the 56:10 and 72:49 marks, sending the team home with a 3-1 loss.
“We always want to come away with a win every time we hit the field but today was just one of those days where we simply didn’t have it,” commented head coach Chris Cissell. “After a lot of travel this week and having some players dealing with injuries, we didn’t have enough in the tank to keep up today. Hopefully today’s outcome will allow us to reset and get locked back in as we play to clinch the conference regular season championship next weekend and prepare for the WAC Tournament.”
UMKC returns to action next weekend as they are set to host Chicago State on Saturday, Oct. 27 in their final regular season matchup of the 2018 season. A win would secure a WAC regular season championship for the second consecutive year for the program. The contest, which is set to kick off at 1 p.m. CT, will serve as Senior Day for the Roos as they will honor a highly accomplished six-player senior class.
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