PHOENIX, Ariz. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (12-7-1, 7-0 WAC) fell narrowly to Seattle U (9-8-3, 3-2-2 WAC) by a score of 1-0 in the semifinal match of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The game was highly contested from start to finish but despite a solid effort from the Roos, they were unable to overcome the one goal deficit to advance to the championship round.
UMKC was able to work themselves into several offensive opportunities throughout the contest, outshooting Seattle U 14-12 in the game, but struggled to finish off their attacks. The Roos were credited with two shots on goal in the match, with multiple shots missing their targets by the smallest of margins.
“Seattle U came in with a great a plan to counter our offense and they executed it well,” commented head coach Chris Cissell. “We played with a lot of fight and pushed hard throughout but unfortunately that’s the way this game goes sometimes.”
Seattle U took control of the game in the 16th minute, as defender Hannah Carruthers made a run up the left side of the field before sending a ball in front of the net into a crowd of players. Her pass found teammate Jessie Ray, who slipped a header just past goalkeeper Erin Roth (Eureka, Mo.) to the right post to take a 1-0 lead at the 16:57 mark. Roth finished the night with five saves and just one goal allowed.
The goal marked just the second score allowed by UMKC in the team’s last nine matches. The Roos defense was flawless the rest of the way but the one goal wound up as the game-winner with UMKC unable to find the equalizer.
The Roos showed a tremendous amount of grit despite trailing in the match and challenged the Redhawks with several quality attacks until the final second of play. With time expiring, Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) sent a cannon from 30 yards to the top-left corner of the net but keeper Ashley Routh made an incredible save to secure the win. Mothershead and Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) were able to combine for seven shots and two shots on goal to lead UMKC in the contest.
Tonight’s result could serve as the final game of the season for the Roos but it has been an incredible year nonetheless. It was a team that captured a WAC regular season championship with an undefeated 7-0 record, took home three of the four major conference awards, claimed four All-WAC First-Team selections and an All-WAC Second-Team selection, and a senior class who began their careers with a WAC co-championship in 2014 and an outright championship this season.
“Obviously this was not the result we had hoped for tonight but I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this team and what they were able to accomplish this year,” noted Cissell. “It doesn’t make nights like these any easier but winning a WAC championship outright and taking home all the awards we did is truly fantastic and absolutely deserved with the hard work our players put in.”
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