KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team cracked the top-10 rankings for the Pacific Region by the United Soccer Coaches this week after improving their record to 10-3 and 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play last weekend. The recognition marks the first time in program history that the team has appeared in the regional ranking.
The United Soccer Coaches breaks down all NCAA Division I women’s soccer programs into regions determined by conference affiliation, putting UMKC in the Pacific region as a member of the WAC. The region also includes members of the Pac 12 Conference and West Coast Conference in addition to the WAC.
Several of the nation’s top Division I women’s soccer programs fall in the Pacific region, boasting six schools in the national top-25 rankings this week. UMKC’s inclusion on the regional top-10 ranking serves as tremendous recognition for the team who is off to its best start in program history.
“This is a wonderful accomplishment and achievement for our entire UMKC soccer family,” commented head coach Chris Cissell. “To earn a national ranking for the first time in program history is a very special feeling and to be able to achieve this in the powerful Pacific region with the phenomenal programs we are recognized with is exciting and humbling.”
Following a fantastic showing in nonconference play, which included wins over major programs Kansas State, Iowa State and Creighton in addition to a narrow loss to nationally ranked Oklahoma State, UMKC opened up conference play last weekend with a pair of shutout wins. Boosted by a potent offense that has four players with 18 or more points through 13 matches, the team leads the WAC and sits tied-sixth across the entire NCAA with a remarkable 32 goals scored on the season.
Headlining the group is senior forward Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) who currently ranks among the top-10 in the NCAA with nine goals scored on the season. Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.), Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) and Rylan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) each sit among the top-five in the WAC in points along with Mothershead.
The Roos will put their national ranking to the test as they resume play at Durwood Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 7 in squaring off with WAC foe New Mexico State. The match is set for a 1 p.m. CT start time.
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