KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC women’s soccer team (6-6-1, 1-0 WAC) began Western Athletic Conference competition Friday night with a 3-0 win over Utah Valley (4-10, 0-1 WAC). The win marks the sixth year in a row that the Roos have won their conference opener in the Western Athletic Conference.
The first half of action was a grind for both sides with offense hard to come by throughout the period. Both teams combined for just six shots and two corner kicks in the first 45 minutes of play.
The Roos came close to finding the opening goal on a few occasions. Kelsey Mothershead (Smithville, Mo.) sent in a missile from just outside the box that was inches away from a score but found the crossbar. Reighan Childers (Grain Valley, Mo.), who finished the game with three shots, also had a high quality attempt but was turned away with a great save by the Utah Valley goalkeeper.
UMKC received a much needed spark from freshman forward Nina Stine (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) as the first half drew to a close. Stine was subbed in late in the opening frame and wasted no time in taking advantage of her opportunity. Working through the defenders up the right side of the field, she fired a shot from 30 yards that was perfectly placed to the left side of the net, past goalkeeper Sarah Davis for her first goal of the season.
The Roos capitalized on the momentum heading into halftime by continuing to put pressure on the Wolverines in the second half. Their fantastic effort would pay off mid-way through the second period with a pair of goals to extend their lead.
Nikki Lynch (Leawood, Kan.) set up the first goal with a terrific pass across the field to Mothershead, who beat her defender around the left edge and whistled home her shot to the far post to give the Roos a 2-0 lead. The goal came at the 67:50 mark and was her fourth of the season, second most on the team.
Moments later, it was Stine again who would ice the game with her second goal of the night. Lilly Cobb (Glen Carbon, Ill.) fed a nice pass through the box to Stine who converted the look from 15 yards out in the 70th minute to stretch the lead to 3-0.
“I’m very pleased with the way we came out and executed tonight in all phases of the game,” said head coach Chris Cissell. “We scored three very good goals and delivered one of our best performances of the season thus far.”
Anna Lillig (Kansas City, Mo.) was truly spectacular in net for the Roos throughout the entire match. She finished the game with five saves, including one masterful stop headed for the far post that she fully extended to guide outside the post. Lillig improved her record to 4-4 on the season and the shutout was her fourth of the season. It also marked the team’s sixth shutout this year.
“Everyone played very well tonight, particularly Anna and the back four who all gave us a full 90 minutes of excellent play,” commented Cissell. “It was a fantastic start to conference play and is something we can build on as we continue to take on talented WAC opponents.”
UMKC will look for its third straight win against Seattle U on Sunday, Oct. 8 at Durwood Stadium. The match is slated for 1 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network along with having Live Stats available.
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