Kansas City women’s soccer suffers first loss of the season but rebounds with victory over Tulsa

The Kansas City women’s soccer team fell to Creighton 2-1 in a heartbreaking loss at Durwood Stadium last week. 

“The way we gave up the goals tonight was very uncharacteristic for us,” Head Coach Chris Cissell said. “We have only allowed three goals all season up to tonight’s game, and I felt like we gave up two pretty soft goals.”

The game started as a back-and-forth affair, with each team looking to create chances on the counter attack throughout the first half. Creighton used the left and right wings to produce dangerous attacks. Kansas City nearly took the lead in the 25th minute but failed to jump on a rebound that slowly rolled out of bounds.

The Roos’ bad luck continued when Creighton defender Jordy Rothwell tapped in a rebound with 15 seconds remaining in the first half. Kansas City headed into the half undeservedly down 1-0.

In the 75th minute with a free kick near midfield, Kansas City had to create something before it was too late. Senior Abby Small sent a pass to fellow senior Carly Janike, who kicked a 40-yard screamer into the top left corner, tying the game.

“I saw an open opportunity and went for it,” said Janike.  “Usually I am someone who does not shoot from far distance, but I saw an opportunity and decided to take it.”

Unfortunately, Creighton would score again in the 85th minute, coming away with a 2-1 victory. 

Despite the loss, Kansas City rebounded with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Tulsa on the road last Friday. 

Sophomore Rylan Childers and senior Halle Hamilton scored goals for the Roos, who shutout Tulsa in the second half. 

Kansas City returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 29 against South Dakota at Durwood Stadium.

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