Kansas City women’s soccer eyes NCAA tournament

Coming off back-to-back conference championships and a 16-5 regular season last year, the Kansas City women’s soccer team is aiming to make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament. 

Kansas City was eliminated by Seattle U in the last two WAC tournament finals and will look to avenge those losses this year. 

After tying with South Dakota State in an exhibition match on Aug. 17, Kansas City will start the regular season with four straight home games against Indiana State, Illinois State, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.

Although Kansas City is winning now, this wasn’t always the case. They started 2-33-3 when Chris Cissell first arrived on campus in 2011 as head coach. It took a while before they started finding success, and how they found it was quite interesting. 

“When I first got here, we had the talent to win games, but could not utilize it,” said senior defender Abby Small. 

Cissell said recruiting locally has led them to success.

“Last year was the best in program history,” said Cissell. “We finished 16-5 and beat Power Five teams like Kansas State, Iowa State, Drake, Creighton, and Oklahoma State.”

Kansas City started playing like a team, putting the team before individuals, and Cissell said the star of the team is the team

Small, an All-WAC Preseason selection, is happy all their work has paid off and turned them into winners. 

“The goals are always higher, we are never satisfied, and we always want to keep a winning mentality,” senior defender Halle Hamilton said. 

The Roos are excited for the team dynamic this season, and they know if they reach the NCAA tournament, they can win some games. 

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