KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (15-4, 7-1 WAC) sealed up their second consecutive Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season championship on Saturday afternoon with a 8-0 over Chicago State (0-16-1, 0-8 WAC). The win in the season finale also set a new program record as the team’s 15th victory of the season.
Saturday’s match served as Senior Day for the Roos as the team honored its six senior student athletes - Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.), Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.), Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.), Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.), Ryann Burnett (Wichita, Kan.) and Emily Talmon (Papillion, Neb.) – prior to opening kick. The 2018 senior class has been among the most successful in program history, claiming conference regular season championships in each of their final two campaigns.
Facing a Chicago State that had yet to register a victory on the season, UMKC came out and did what they were largely expected to. On the day, the Roos held sizeable advantages over the Cougars in shots (36-2), shots on goal (22-0) and corner kicks (8-0) in what was a dominant effort to close out the 2018 regular season.
UMKC was led offensively by forwards Ryann Burnett and Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) as the duo combined for five goals and three assists on the day. Burnett, playing her final game at Durwood Stadium, put together a spectacular performance in picking up her first career hat trick and bumping her season goal total up to five. Childers was a force in the second half of play, scoring a pair of dazzling goals in addition to picking up three assists. Childers now has 10 goals in her first season on campus.
With the game decided early on, the Roos were able to empty their bench and get significant minutes to all 18 field players in the match. The extra rest could prove to be extremely valuable as the team looks to heal up from a very physical last two weeks as they head into the WAC Tournament.
“Today was a great way to send out our phenomenal senior class in their final home game of their UMKC careers,” noted head coach Chris Cissell. “Getting our entire bench into the match and having seniors step up with fantastic performances was an excellent finish. Our focus now turns completely to preparing for the WAC Tournament and we feel that we are in a great position to make a deep run.”
UMKC will be back in action in the second round of the WAC Tournament, set to be played at Utah Valley beginning on Nov. 1. As the number one seed, the Roos will receive a first round bye and await the winner of the matchup between the four and five seeds in the tournament.
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