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“Practically a whole new team”

Women’s Soccer team huddles before over time with Coach Cissell for some encouraging words.
Women’s Soccer team huddles before over time with Coach Cissell for some encouraging words.

The UMKC women’s soccer team has a new look. Coach Chris Cissell takes charge of the Lady Roos this season. Cissell takes on the responsibilities of 13 returnees and looking to make the team his own, has added an additional 15 players.

Preseason started Aug. 3 and through the tough two-a-day practices he has established a trust with the players and begun to build a stronger team.

The new players are from all over the Midwest and some from even farther out.

Twins Kara and Tara Chavez and Alex Monachino of Kansas City, Presley Chrisco and Sarah Todd of Overland Park, Isabella Fassi of Saint Louis, Kortni Kellogg of Parkville and Kaely Tott of Liberty represent the more home-grown freshmen.

Recruits Cecilee Burdge and Mackenzie Cooper are from Tulsa and Claremore, Okla., while Klorissa Kavan hails from Lincoln, Neb. alongside Jenny Ranallo of Lino Lakes, Minn., Allison Schau of Scotts, Mich. and Jackie Wade of Wind Lake, Wis. Sophie Rackham joins the Roos from Bromley, England.

Coach Cissell concedes that “It’s practically a whole new team,” but that so far it has been “fantastic getting to know the team and UMKC.” He believes this year is going to be a surprise to everyone because of all the hard work the team is putting in. He raved about his players and stated, “I just can’t say enough about the hard work the team has put in this season so far.”

Cissell spoke proudly of his players.

“They are respecting and responding well to us and they know we are working as hard as we can to make them the best players they can possibly be,” he said.

He challenges and encourages UMKC students to come to games to show support for all our new players and our innovative team.

The Roos have begun well with a 4-0 drubbing of Maple Woods Community College this past Tuesday with sophomores Ashley Gann and Taylor Bare looking particularly impressive. This was followed by a well-fought 0-0 overtime tie with close rival Rockhurst. The future looks bright for women’s soccer here at UMKC.


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