Mothershead sets pace for Roos

Kelsey Mothershead has been a key player in the UMKC women’s soccer team kicking off the season with a 7-3 start.

A senior from Smithville, Missouri, she’s been taking shots at teams all season, leaving her tied in the NCAA for most goals scored.

Despite this impressive ranking, Mothershead knows she can’t take all the credit.

“It’s a lot of hard work,” said Mothershead. “The coaches do a lot of scouting and they trust us to execute. The new players are also pushing us older players to become better.”

Coach Chris Cissell knows why he was able to recruit Mothershead, as well as the other players he credits for strengthening the team.

“We could not attract the same type of talent if we did not play in division one,” said Cissel. “Also 9-out-of-11 of the players are from the area. We are using the hashtag ‘teamkc’ this season, as people like to see local players.”

This year’s team is the same group of players that won the regular season Western Athletic Conference (WAC) last year. This year, they’re hoping to achieve more.

“Before I leave UMKC I want to win the WAC tournament and make it to the NCAA tournament,” Mothershead said.

With Mothershead helping lead the way, this goal might just end up a reality.

“Typically, at this level, players average a goal every two games. But [Mothershead] is averaging a goal per game,” said Cissel.

Mothershead has had to change up her game throughout her career to make it to the next level.

“I’ve learned a lot from older teammates who were mentors, and have been smarter about when I choose to run,” Mothershead explained.

Just like those who came before her, Mothershead has some advice for her younger teammates.

“The team is business-like, but you have to still have fun and don’t let your ego get into the game,” said Mothershead. “Just listen to the coaches and other players, even if it isn’t what you want to hear.”

 

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