Evan Davis & Logan Lazarczyk
The Kansas City women’s soccer team looks to be on its way to another great year, opening the season with a four-game winning streak, its best start in program history.
The Roos’ season-opener against Indiana State was a slugfest, to say the least. Both teams played aggressively on offense to start the match, but the score remained knotted at 0-0 entering halftime.
The Roos got on the board quickly in the second half, as an Indiana State foul in the 47th minute lead to a penalty-kick goal by sophomore and All-American midfielder, Rylan Childers.
The goal was the only one of the game as Kansas City hung on the rest of the way to defeat Indiana State, 1-0.
“I think we played pretty good for our first game,” said Childers. “We have a lot to work on, but can’t be disappointed. We worked hard and got the victory. It was definitely a team effort.”
Head Coach Chris Cissel agreed.
“It was a great performance,” Cissell said. “To play in front of a great crowd tonight was a lot of fun, but really to play a great program and a great team like Indiana State and from a good conference like the Missouri Valley. And to come out on top, 1-0, with a shutout definitely gets the season off to the right start.”
Kansas City’s defense stepped up once again in the rain-drenched match against Illinois State, pitching a 2-0 shutout. Goals in each half, first by freshman forward Lindsey Prokop and then from junior midfielder Liz Mann, lead the way for the Roos offensively.
“I feel really good. We did amazing on the field,” said Prokop. “I know it was raining a lot, but we stuck through and did great. Both of the goals were amazing; I had the help of my team, and it was just amazing.”
Kansas City continued its perfect start with a 2-1 victory over Eastern Illinois at Durwood Stadium Friday night.
“Defensively, we are just very strong,” said Cissell. “This was the first goal we have given up all season. We got a lot of experience in the back. We have all seniors holding up the backline very well.”
Childers took advantage of an errant pass from the Eastern Illinois goalkeeper in the ninth minute, calmly slotting the ball in the bottom left corner of the goal to give the Roos a 1-0 lead.
In the 53rd minute, senior defender Carly Janike added a second goal, collecting a cleared ball outside the box on and hitting a curler into the top left corner.
“I do not get a lot of chances to shoot the ball,” said Janike. “I saw an opening at goal, and took the shot.”
The Roos extended their record-setting start with a 3-1 victory over Western Illinois Sunday afternoon. The team returns to action on the road Friday, Sep. 6 against Missouri State at 7 p.m.