KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team looks to get back on track this week coming off their first home loss of the season. The Roos will compete in a road matchup with in-state opponent Missouri State on Friday, Sep. 15 at 7 p.m. CT before returning home to host South Dakota on Sunday, Sep. 17 at 1 p.m. CT.
Live stats for both contests will also be available through UMKC Stats. Live video for Sunday’s contest with South Dakota will be broadcasted on the WAC Digital Network free of charge. Fans can also follow along with live Twitter updates.
About the Roos
UMKC (2-5-1) looks to regain their stride, compiling a 0-3-1 record in their last four contests. With Western Athletic Conference play set to begin for the Roos in two weeks, the team looks to build momentum in the nonconference matchups remaining on the schedule.
Offensively, UMKC has been led recently by Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) who has nine shots, four shots on goal, and an assist in her last two games. Defender Abby Small (Kansas City, Mo.) has made significant contributions on both ends of the field, bringing a steady defensive presence and scoring the game-tying goal late in the match against Creighton to force overtime.
Competition in Goal
Erin Roth (Eureka, Mo.) made her first two starts of the season in last week’s matches against Creighton and Omaha. Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) was the starter in goal for the Roos’ first six games on the schedule. Both net minders have seen mixed results thus far with neither keeper being able to secure the starting job. Lillig holds a goals against average of 1.82 and a save percentage of .714 with 25 total saves. Roth has a goals against average of 1.10 and a save percentage of .769 with ten total saves.
Struggles on the Road
A 2-2 draw on the road at Creighton was a step in the right direction for UMKC, but the team is still searching for their first road victory of the season. Missouri State has had its share of issues playing in front of their home crowd, collecting one win in three matches played in Springfield, Mo. The contest is a great opportunity for the team to tune up their performance away from home before entering WAC competition, as the Roos have three more road games left in nonconference play.
About the Bears
Missouri State (4-5) is riding a two game win streak with victories over Oral Roberts and SIU-Edwardsville. The Bears had an offensive explosion in their match against SIU-Edwardsville, drumming the Cougars 5-1. Senior midfielder Mary Disidore ignited the Bears offense by scoring two goals and adding two assists in the contest. Forward Rachel Catrell will also draw the attention of UMKC defenders as the team leader in shots (17) and shots on goal (12). The Bears have consistently been a second half team to this point in the season, a trend the Roos may look to take advantage of. MSU has given up nine second half goals compared to just two first half goals.
About the Coyotes
South Dakota (2-6) is back at home Friday to host Kansas State before heading to Durwood Stadium for the matchup with UMKC. They are currently on a two-game losing streak where they were outscored a combined 6-2. Junior goalkeeper Coral Suarez has been solid in net and kept USD competitive in matches despite the team scoring just four goals on the season, failing to score more than one in any contest thus far. With the exception of a road match with Colorado College where Suarez allowed three goals, her last three games have included two shutouts, two goals against, and 17 saves.
UMKC will travel to compete in their final nonconference road swing of the season. A match with Illinois State on Friday, Sep. 15 at 7 p.m. CT awaits before squaring off with Indiana State on Sunday, Sep. 17 at 1 p.m. CT.
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