KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team heads into the weekend riding a five-game winning streak, hosting UT Rio Grande Valley on Friday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. CT before traveling to New Mexico State on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. CT. Friday’s match will be the last home contest of the season for the Roos and will honor the team’s five senior student-athletes.
About the Roos
UMKC (9-6-1, 4-0 WAC) continued their fantastic start in Western Athletic Conference play with a pair of road wins this past weekend, collecting a 2-0 victory over CSU Bakersfield and 1-0 overtime win against Grand Canyon. The Roos enter the weekend atop the WAC standings over half-way through the conference slate and are in excellent position to reach the WAC Tournament with three games left to play.
The team has seen an extended period of success in the second half of the schedule. UMKC has emerged victorious in seven of their last eight games by a combined score of 16-1. While the offense cooled down last weekend, the Roos defense remained red-hot and they will look to remain formidable as they finish out the home stretch of the 2017 season. Currently, UMKC ranks first in shutouts (9) and tied for first with UT Rio Grande Valley in goals allowed (14).
Another fantastic weekend did not go unnoticed, as the team picked up some notable awards during the week. Junior midfielder Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.) and sophomore defender Halle Hamilton (Lincoln, Neb.) were recognized as the WAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Additionally, Childers made the TopDrawer Soccer Players of the Week list.
UMKC has performed extremely well in the series history with UT Rio Grande Valley and New Mexico State. The Roos hold a perfect 7-0 record against the Vaqueros, most recently claiming a 4-1 victory in the 2016 WAC Tournament. UMKC also picked up 2-1 2OT win on the road against UTRGV last season.
The Roos are 5-1-1 all-time against New Mexico State heading into Sunday’s match. Prior to a 1-1 draw in last year’s matchup, UMKC had claimed four consecutive victories over the Aggies. The historical success against both programs should give the team a significant confidence boost heading into the weekend.
Roos Among Conference Leaders
Several UMKC players find themselves among the WAC leaders in several statistical categories. Junior forward Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) enters the weekend fourth in points (19) and tied for second in goals (8). Senior forward Kara Priest (Overland Park, Kan.) sits tied for fourth in the WAC in assists (5) while junior forward Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) is tied for tenth in points (13). Reigning WAC Offensive Player of the Week Reighan Childers is now tied for third in game-winning goals (3) after picking up two last weekend.
Both Roos goalkeepers find themselves among the conference’s best net minders in multiple statistics as well. Junior Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) and sophomore Erin Roth (Eureka, Mo.) are tied for the conference in lead in shutouts with four apiece. Lillig ranks fifth with a 1.16 goals against average and fourth with a .825 save percentage. Roth is the WAC leader in goals against average (0.45) and save percentage (.875).
About the Vaqueros
UT Rio Grande Valley (7-6-3, 2-1-1 WAC) cooled off last weekend with a draw to Seattle U and a loss to Utah Valley after starting 2-0 in conference play. The matchup between the Roos and Vaqueros will be an excellent defensive showdown featuring the WAC’s leaders in goals allowed and shutouts. UT Rio Grande Valley has alternated between goalkeepers Kinga Szemik and Erica Gonzalez in the 2017 season, with both producing positive results. Szemik is second in the WAC with a goals against average of 0.75 and is third in save percentage at .833. Gonzalez ranks third among WAC keepers with a 0.90 goals against average and fifth with a .814 save percentage.
About the Aggies
New Mexico State (8-7-2, 2-1-1 WAC) will travel to Chicago State on Friday before returning home to host the Roos in Sunday’s matchup. The Aggies begin the weekend tied for third place in the conference with UTRGV and look to make a push higher in the standings. The game with UMKC will feature the WAC’s top three goal scorers in Howard and NMSU forwards Devin Hart and Audriana Chavez, who leads the conference with nine goals on the year. The Aggies could prove to be the most difficult challenge to date for the outstanding UMKC defense, with NMSU leading the WAC with 32 goals scored on the year.
Single game tickets for Friday’s match against UT Rio Grande Valley are available for fans to purchase by visiting the team’s website or calling 844-UMKC-FAN. Can’t make it to the game? Learn how you can still help support theUMKC women’s soccer team.
The Roos will wrap up the 2017 regular season with a road contest at Chicago State on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. CT. The match will have Live Stats provided.
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