KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team will travel to face Chicago State on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. CT to close out the 2017 regular season. The Roos have already secured the top seed in the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, but a win or draw would clinch a regular season conference championship in addition to an undefeated conference season.
About the Roos
UMKC (11-6-1, 6-0 WAC) came away with two more conference victories last weekend to improve their winning streak to a remarkable seven games. The run includes winning six consecutive conference games and claiming victories in nine of their last ten matches.
The 2-1 win over UT Rio Grande Valley last weekend marked the first, and only, goal allowed by the Roos in WAC play. Making it even more impressive is the fact that the score was an own-goal, stemming from an unfortunate bounce off the defensive line covering a free kick headed towards the net. UMKC’s defense remains standing atop the conference in goals allowed in conference play (1) and in regular season matches (15).
The Roos offense has been a major contributor to the team’s success in 2017 as well. Their 27 goals scored this season ranks tied for third in conference and their 12 scores in WAC play rank third as well.
While a win or draw on Saturday would clinch the first outright regular season WAC championship for the program, the team has finished near the top of the conference since their arrival in 2013. In the five previous seasons competing in the WAC, the Roos have secured a third place finish and a pair of second place finishes, along with a co-championship with Seattle U in the 2014 season after an 8-1-1 conference record.
UMKC could also still claim an outright championship with a loss to Chicago State, as a Utah Valley loss or draw to CSU Bakersfield this weekend would also crown the Roos sole champions. The team would undoubtedly like to leave matters in their own hands by taking home a win and close the regular season with a perfect conference record.
The Roos have been dominant in the series history with Chicago State, holding an unbeaten 5-0 record against the Cougars. The two teams squared off most recently last season at Durwood Stadium, where UMKC powered their way to an 8-0 win. The team looks to make improve the series record further with the upcoming weekend road tilt.
Potential All-Conference Selections
As the 2017 season comes to a close for all WAC competitors this weekend, a few UMKC players find themselves near or at the top statistical leaders within the conference and have legitimate chances to secure all-conference awards.
Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.), coming off of her third WAC Offensive Player of the Week award this season, headlines the group. Her ten goals on the season ranks second in conference while her 23 points is third-most in the WAC. Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) has also had a phenomenal season, ranking tied for eighth in goals (6) and tied for seventh in points (16) among WAC players. Abby Small (Kansas City, Mo.) has been one of the top defenders on the dominant UMKC backline and has tallied a pair of goals to help her cause.
About the Cougars
Chicago State (1-18, 0-6 WAC) are seeking their conference win of the 2017 season in the regular season finale against UMKC. It has been a rough go for the Cougars this year, who have scored just two goals in their six WAC competitions to date. Chicago State is led offensively by freshman forward Jensyn Stanberry, who leads the team with four goals and nine points on the season. Two goalkeepers – Audra Wisehart, Gabby Klemp – have split time between the posts throughout the year. Klemp has started nine games for the Cougars, compiling a .587 save percentage and a 6.07 goals against average. Wisehart has made nine starts and owns a .597 save percentage along with a 6.65 goals against average.
UMKC will prepare for the WAC Tournament beginning on Thursday, Nov. 2. The tournament will be hosted by Grand Canyon with games being played in Phoenix, Ariz. The Roos will be the top seed and await this weekend’s results to determine their first opponent. All tournament games will be streamed on the WAC Digital Network free of charge.
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