KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team returns to action this weekend after an extended break in their schedule. The Roos will embark on a road trip that includes matchups with Illinois State on Friday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m. CT and Indiana State on Sunday, Oct. 1 to close out nonconference play.
Live Stats will be available for Friday’s game against Illinois State. Sunday’s contest with Indiana State will be broadcasted on The Valley on ESPN3 and will have Live Stats available as well. Fans can also follow along with live Twitter updates.
About the Roos
UMKC (4-5-1) comes off of two consecutive wins and looks to extend their winning streak to a season-best three games in their contest with Illinois State. Defense and goalkeeping has been a major strength for the Roos of late. The team has given up just one goal in their past three matches. Goalkeepers Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) and Erin Roth (Eureka, Mo.) have split time in net over and both were able to collect shutouts in wins over Missouri State and South Dakota.
Junior forward/midfielder Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) put on an offensive clinic in last weekend’s games. Her three goals and one assist earned her WAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. Howard will look to continue making contributions on the offensive end in addition to Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.), who leads the team in shots (35) and is second in goals (3).
The Roos have had no trouble getting their offense ignited early in recent games. The team has been able to strike for at least one goal in the opening three minutes in three of their last four contests. The team has scored a total of eight goals over the stretch. The trend was highlighted in a 4-0 win over Missouri State, where Mothershead, Howard and Kara Priest (Overland Park, Kan.) all scored goals in the opening three minutes of play. UMKC hopes to continue their offensive success through the remainder of nonconference play and into conference competition.
Backline Remains Solid
UMKC has stuck primarily with four defenders that have consistently shut down opposing offenses and received the majority of playing time. The group includes Abby Small (Kansas City, Mo.), Maddi Cipolla (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Sydni Young (O’Fallon, Mo.) and Halle Hamilton (Lincoln, Neb.). The unit has pitched in to help limit opposing offenses to just one goal in the past three matches and ranks second in conference with 13 goals allowed on the season.
About the Redbirds
Illinois State (3-5-2) comes into the match off a 1-0 loss to Northern Iowa in their first conference game of the season. The Redbirds have struggled to get their offense started, scoring just two goals in their last six matches. Goalkeeper Haley Smith has put together a fantastic season thus far, allowing just ten goals in ten matches and owning a .844 save percentage. Illinois State has three players who have eclipsed the 20 shot mark on the season- Angel Krell, Kelli Zickert, Emily Dickman - and will rely on the trio to ramp up the scoring in the second half of the season.
About the Sycamores
Indiana State (5-4-1) will take on Missouri State on Friday evening before facing the Roos on Sunday. It has been an up and down thus far for the Sycamores, who have rarely found themselves in close competition. Of their ten regular season games played, six have been decided by two goals or more. Most recently, Indiana State stomped Chicago State by a final score of 6-2, outshooting the Cougars 24-8. Junior forward Katie Wells will be one to keep an eye on in the match with UMKC. She leads the team with six goals, five of which have come in the last four games.
The Roos will return home to open Western Athletic Conference in the 2017 season. A match with Utah Valley on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. CT will take place before a contest with Seattle U on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. CT. Both games will be broadcast free of charge on the WAC Digital Network.
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