KANSAS CITY, Mo. – UMKC women’s soccer forward Lexie Howard (Kearney, Mo.) has taken a couple major steps in etching her legacy in the program over the past two weeks of her final season with the Roos. With five goals, one game-winning goal and 17 points thus far in the 2018 season, Howard has moved into first place in UMKC all-time history with 83 career points, 33 career goals and 13 career game-winning goals.
Howard’s UMKC career got off to a stellar start in 2015, as the Kearney, Mo., native showed off her offensive prowess as the team’s leading scorer as a true freshman. On the year, Howard recorded 13 goals (six game-winners) to pair with four assists for a total of 30 points. Her totals in goals and points each rank second in UMKC single-season history. Additionally, she earned a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Offensive Player of the Week award along with being named to the All-WAC second team and WAC All-Tournament team, scoring a pair of goals in the postseason tournament.
Following a sophomore season that saw Howard register three goals and three assists in a limited 11 games due to injury, the local product bounced back to put together another incredible year in 2017. Howard paced the WAC with 12 goals and finished second in the conference with 27 points on her way to earning WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season, Howard played a pivotal role in guiding UMKC to a regular season conference championship with an undefeated 7-0 league record. Her marks in goals and points in her junior season each rank third in UMKC single-season history, one-spot behind her 2015 totals.
Howard’s senior campaign has picked up right where she left off a season ago, tallying five goals (second-most in the WAC) and a career-high and league-best seven assists through 10 matches on the year. She, along with fellow senior Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.), have been the primary offensive weapons in what has been a strong season thus far the Roos, boasting a 7-3 mark that includes wins over Big 12 opponents Kansas State and Iowa State along with major conference foes Creighton and Drake.
I am so proud of Lexie Howard and everything she has accomplished on and off the field,” noted head coach Chris Cissell. “Not only is Lexie a phenomenal player, but she is a tremendous leader and a perfect, 4.0 great point average student-athlete. I could not be more proud of Lexie Howard and all of her teammates for everything that they have accomplished and I look forward to seeing what she and the team continues to do the rest of her senior year in her record-breaking career.”
Entering the 2018 season second in UMKC history in career points and goals, Howard made her first step up the all-time rankings in a 2-0 victory over Drake, scoring the game-winning goal, the 13th of her career and most in UMKC career history, moved her into a tie with Taylor Bare at 72 career points for most all-time in program history. Howard took sole possession of the top spot in the following match against Missouri State, registering an assist in the contest.
“I honestly didn’t know I was as close to breaking the record as I was until they announced it during a match and I laughed on the field as I heard Taylor Bare yell ‘Take her out Coach!”, Howard remarked. “Being able to tie her record while she was at the game was really incredible because I always heard how great of a player she was and I have been inspired by the impact she had at UMKC since I was a freshman.”
The senior forward made a step up the program leaderboard in career goals in a convincing 4-2 win over Creighton in the second week of September, recording a multi-goal performance with two scores, moving her into a first-place tie with Taylor Bare at 32 career goals. Howard set the record in UMKC’s most recent match against nationally ranked Oklahoma State, scoring the 33rd goal of her career for an early first half lead.
“Throughout my time at UMKC, a majority of my goals have been tap-in finishes where my teammates did all of the work and set me up for scoring chances,” said Howard. “I feel like breaking this record doesn’t just belong to me, but it belongs to every girl on our team for pushing each other to get better every day and working for one another on the field.”
Howard will look to make her records tougher to break in the years to come as she continues to add on to her impressive career totals. Friendly competition is not too far behind her, as Mothershead sits not far behind Howard with 28 career goals and 70 career points as she has begun her own senior season on torrid offensive pace with a WAC-best nine goals and 21 points.
“With the underclassmen and the girls coming to UMKC after I graduate, I don’t think this record will hold for very long as our program will continue to grow and become a bigger name in women’s soccer.”
UMKC is back in action this weekend as they wrap up the nonconference portion of their 2018 schedule with road matches at South Dakota State and South Dakota. The next home match for the Roos is set for Sunday, Sep. 30 as the team squares off with conference foe CSU Bakersfield.
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