The UMKC women’s soccer team came off a 3-2 victory at Kansas State and built off that performance as they defended their home field with a 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Monday, Sept. 10.
The Roos attacked Creighton and created chances early and easily. It did not take long for the Roos to take the lead as they scored in the third minute when Lexie Howard outmuscled a Creighton defender and slid the ball right passed the diving goalkeeper. In the ninth minute of play, Reighan Childers hammered the ball into the goal to increase the Roos lead to two.
UMKC’s defense was sound for most of the night, except a miscue which led to a goal for Creighton in the 30th minute and gave the Blue Jays a little bit of life before the halftime whistle.
This momentum would not last long as the Roos received a corner in the 35th minute. Childers took the corner and played a well-placed ball into the box and Amanda Sampson skied over the defenders, heading the ball into the goal. UMKC went into halftime with a comfortable 3-1 lead.
The second half started out sloppy for the Roos as they gifted Creighton a free kick inside the penalty box. Creighton was not able to take advantage as the Roos wall blocked the shot that Creighton would regret this because in the 59th minute Lexie Howard scored a goal. This was Lexie Howard’s second goal of the game. Creighton would score again in the 89th minute, but it was too late for them to comeback. UMKC was able to create 15 shots and 5 corners, while Creighton had 11 shots and 8 corners.
UMKC will look to repeat this type of performance when they host Iowa State on Sept. 14.
(Photo courtesy of the University of Missouri-Kansas City)