BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (8-6-1, 3-0 WAC) capitalized on a pair of second half goals to extend their winning streak to four games in a 2-0 road win over CSU Bakersfield (5-9-1, 0-2-1 WAC). The team now sits atop the Western Athletic Conference standings after the victory in Friday night’s match.
“It is certainly not an easy task to go on the road and come out with a win over a talented conference opponent,” said head coach Chris Cissell. “Playing on a grass field which we haven’t played on much and the significant amount of travel we made are both challenging factors, so it was great to see us overcome those tonight.”
UMKC continued where they left off after picking up a pair of wins last weekend, showcasing an impressive combination of energy and poise in the early going. The Roos put together a slew of threatening attacks in the first half, holding a 12-7 advantage in shots in addition to a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.
CSU Bakersfield was able to answer with some close looks of their own late in the first period and in the opening minutes of the second half. In the 48th minute, Roadrunners forward Aminah Settles snuck in behind the UMKC defensive line for a threatening breakaway. Goalkeeper Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) sent back a well-struck initial shot from ten yards before collecting another masterful save on the rebound chance to keep the match scoreless.
Lillig was flawless once again, picking up seven saves in route to her fourth shutout of the season. The shutout was her second in a row as she improved her record to 5-4 on the year.
The match found its opening goal in the 69th minute when the Roos put together a beautiful attack to seize control of the game. Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) and Kara Priest (Overland Park, Kan.) teamed up on a crafty give and go on the right wing, ending in a Childers shot that was laced to the far post moments after receiving the pass. The assist was Priest’s third in the team’s previous two matches and fifth of the season.
Just a few minutes had transpired following the opening goal before Childers struck again to extend the UMKC lead. The junior midfielder took the ball up the field close to 60 yards before shaking the net with an absolute cannon at the 73:52 mark. Her outstanding effort resulted in her third goal of the season, all coming in the last two games, and sealed up another important WAC victory for the Roos. Childers finished the night with a team-high six shots in the contest.
The 2-0 win marked the team’s sixth win in their last seven matches and their best start to the conference schedule since the 2014 season. UMKC’s defense has been outstanding over the recent hot streak, collecting shutouts each of the six victories and is now up to eight for the year.
“Very impressed with how we played in a lot of different areas tonight,” commented Cissell. “Obviously Reighan contributed two fantastic goals, but I was also extremely proud of the contributions we got from our bench. All in all, it was another team win with everyone pitching in.”
The Roos look to stay hot as they put their unbeaten conference record to the test in a Sunday afternoon match with Grand Canyon (4-10-1, 1-2 WAC). The contest is set for 3:00 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network free of charge. Access to Live Stats will also be available for the match.
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