KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following a successful two-game road trip that included wins over Illinois-Chicago and Western Illinois, the UMKC women’s soccer team (3-1) returns home to host a pair of Missouri Valley Conference members this weekend. The team will square off with Drake on Friday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. CT before taking on Missouri State on Sunday, Sep. 2 at 1 p.m. CT.
Both weekend matches will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network and will have Live Stats available to follow along with the action. Additionally, stay tuned in with the team’s Twitter account for updates.
Live Stats: UMKC vs. Drake
Live Stats: UMKC vs. Missouri State
About the Roos
Quickly approaching an overly challenging portion of the schedule, UMKC pulled off a pair of huge road victories last week, coming from behind to beat Illinois-Chicago in overtime before asserting their will in a 4-0 win over Western Illinois. The week ahead begins a stretch of seven matches against representatives of the Missouri Valley, Big 12 and Big East Conference.
Offensively, the Roos are off to a hot start in the 2018 season in averaging two goals per game through four matches thus far. Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) was a major contributor towards the six scores last weekend, tallying four goals including both in UMKC’s overtime win on Friday. The senior forward is up to five goals on the season, leading the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) along with a conference-best 11 points.
The two home matches this week could see Mothershead make even higher climbs up the UMKC all-time record book coming off a week in which she earned WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors. With 60 career points, she sits fourth in Roos career history and trails third by just one point. Mothershead is not the only one with a chance to move up the leaderboards as Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) needs just two points and three goals to move into a tie for most all-time in UMKC career history.
Several freshman have already made significant impacts early on in their careers, a trend that will likely continue in the contests ahead. Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) leads the Roos with three assists on the year, while Emma Wilson (Omaha, Neb.) and Amanda Sampson (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) have each made starts, with Sampson recording her first career goal against Western Illinois. Freshman goalkeeper Afton Fennewald (Lake Winnebago, Mo.) saw her first action in 2018 last week, picking up her first career win and shutout in net.
About the Bulldogs
Drake (1-3) enters the match on the heels of a pair of close losses, losing by a final count of 1-0 to both Kansas State and South Dakota State last week. The slow start for the team has been a bit of a surprise coming off a 2017 season in which they posted a record of 13-4-2 while claiming a Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship.
Offense has been hard to come by thus far in the early going for the Bulldogs, having scored just three goals through their first four matches. Additionally, the team has been outshot 58-31 by opponents this season and recorded just 14 shots on goal compared to 28 allowed.
Goalkeeper Kelsie Stone will likely be in net for the match against UMKC, having been in goal for the entirety of the first four contests in 2018. Stone has already tallied 23 saves thus far and has fared quite well to date with a save percentage of .821 and a goals against average of 1.25.
An interesting point to note is the discrepancy in shots taken against shots allowed in the second periods of matches for Drake. The Bulldogs have been outshot 37-17 in second halves this season, giving the Roos a potential area to exploit as the match gets into deeper minutes.
About the Bears
After opening up the 2018 season with three consecutive wins, Missouri State (3-2) suffered a pair of home shutout losses last week to Little Rock and Central Arkansas. A matchup with Louisiana Tech at home awaits the team before squaring off with UMKC in the weekend finale.
The Bears will look to pick up the pace offensively, scoring one goal or less in four of their first five matches while being shutout in two. UMKC will likely key in on Jordan Eickelman and Kennady Orlick, who share the team-lead with two goals apiece. As a team, Missouri State has played nearly even with opponents as they hold a 54-52 edge in shots while trailing in shots on goal 28-23.
Missouri State is averaging an even one goal allowed per game in what has been a steady performance thus far in 2018. Goalkeeper Kaitlin Maxwell has been between the posts in all 449 minutes of action this season and will likely earn the starting nod in net for the match against UMKC. Maxwell boasts a stat line that includes a .821 save percentage, 1.0 goals against average and two shutouts.
Tickets for both home matches this week, along with season tickets for the entire 2018 season, can be purchased through the team’s website or by calling 844-UMKC-FAN.
A trip to Manhattan, Kan., awaits the Roos following the two weekend matches as the team will square off with Kansas State, the first of three Big 12 opponents on the schedule in 2018. The contest is slated for Friday, Sep. 7 with a 6 p.m. CT start time.
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