UMKC women’s soccer dominated the field on Sunday afternoon against the University of Nebraska Omaha but a late penalty kick gave Omaha the 1-0 win.
The Roos started the first half with excellent passing, routing the Omaha defense creating a multitude of opportunities for the UMKC offense. Opportunities came from junior forward #9 Kelsey Mothershead who was the key player of the half for the Roo’s. Mothershead had four shots, two of which were on goal.
The Roos’ defensive pressure prevented Omaha from opportunities in their offensive pushes. Omaha focused on the long ball for most the game, once the ball was pushed back to their defense; defenders launched the ball up field to their forwards but were frequently broken up by the Roo’s defense. Omaha struggled with possession for most of the half and had few opportunities on goal due to the Roo’s unbreakable defense.
The start of the second was a turn of events for the Roo’s and Omaha. After a strong first half the Roos struggled to break up Omaha’s long ball and constant offensive pushes. The best opportunity of the half came from Omaha’s junior midfielder #12 Emily Romero, after winning a loose ball out wide, Romero dribbled the ball across the box unleashing a shot that went over the Roos’ keeper and ricocheted off the cross bar. The Roos responded with a strong offensive rush themselves.
After beating a defender out wide Mothershead crossed a ball into the box, Senior midfielder and forward #5 Nikki Lynch battled with the keeper to get a shot on net but the ball was stolen off her foot by Omaha’s Sophomore goalkeeper #0 Erin Bunker. The half was an intense back and forth battle with both teams putting shots on goal and executing effective passing.
With 7:22 left in the half Omaha was working the UMKC defense in their end. Omaha Junior forward #18 Abby Meader received the ball in the box but was taken down violently by a UMKC defender resulting in a penalty kick for Omaha. Meader lined up for the kick and was able to slot the ball past the Roos’ sophomore goalkeeper #0 Erin Bunker with ease. The Roos were unable to equalize with a goal of their own.
The Roos are now 2-5-1 and will face the Missouri State Bears next Friday, Sept. 15, in Springfield.