Friday night at Durwood Soccer Stadium, Lexie Howard scored the game-winning goal for the UMKC Women’s Soccer team, a 1-0 overtime win against Eastern Illinois University. The Roos had many chances to score in regulation, setting a program record with 41 shots on goal, but were unable to convert until Howard found the back of the net in overtime.
Coach Chris Cissell was glad to earn the victory, but somewhat disappointed that it took so long to convert. Freshman Reighan Childers placed the ball very well multiple times from the corner but none of the Roos could finish.
“I’m happy that we won and I’m happy that we got the results, but I mean obviously we’re frustrated that it took us so long to get a goal,’ Cissell said. “I can’t believe it took us 92 minutes with 41 shots.”
The win improved the team’s record to 6-2-0.
“At the Division 1 level a win is a win. Obviously, I felt like they were really respecting us too,” Cissell said. “They came in with a real defensive plan. They were trying to pack it in a little bit to make it tough for us. They didn’t go forward a whole lot and take a lot of dangerous shots, but it’s scary how the longer it stays 0-0 the more confidence that they gain.”
Defensively, it was the third shutout of the season and Senior Nina Tzianos extended her program record to 23 shutouts.
“It’s good to get a shutout,” Cissell said. “It’s one of the things we focused on before the game. We had two shutouts in seven games coming in and there were a couple games where we felt like we could’ve had a shutout and we lost focus, like against University of Tennessee-Martin.”
Durwood will welcome a Big 12 opponent Sunday as the Roos host Oklahoma State. Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m.