UMKC Women’s soccer team started the season off right with a 1-0 win against North Dakota State in the second game of the season Sunday night.
The rain did not put a damper on the Roos’ game against the Jack Rabbits. The team started out with a tight defense in the first half, getting the whistle in the first few minutes of the game for holding.
The Roos managed to take down all the efforts from the Jackrabbits to make a play down field wrapping up the first half out shooting the Jackrabbits 5-1. There were heavy defensive efforts by team members Carly Janike and Abby Smalls that forced several turnovers for the Roos.
In the second half the Roos managed to dominate the game keeping their opponent clear of the scoreboard. Mid-way through the second half South Dakota State’s Nicole Hatcher and Marisa Schulz doubled up on cleaver foot work to turn possession over to the Jackrabbits, but they did not make a goal.
UMKC built up a defensive wall in the last four minutes of their second home game, leading them to victory over South Dakota.
In their first home game last Wednesday, the UMKC women’s soccer team came out on top with an impressive 2-0 victory over Illinois-Chicago.
It did not take our Roos long to find the scoreboard, gaining early momentum that would carry through the entire night. Kelsey Mothershead used tricky footwork to work the ball past a Flames defender up to the goal line. Two passes later, Liz Mann scored her first goal of the season.
It was not just the offense that the Roos put on display against Illinois-Chicago. They were able to keep the ball out of their defensive half of the field throughout the night. When the Flames were able to get possession in their offensive zone, the team was able to quickly turn away scoring chances with team defense. Goalkeeping was also unblemished for the Roos with Anna Lillig and Erin Roth combining for three saves and securing a team shutout.
The second half played out much like the first with UMKC controlling the game in all phases. Lexie Howard tallied her first goal of the season at the 68:43 mark. Howard was able to blast in a header that came off a perfectly executed corner kick from Lilly Cobb. It was smooth sailing the rest of the way for the Roos as they coasted into the finish line and wrapped up a picture perfect home opener.
“It was a fantastic way to rebound from last weekend,” said Coach Cissell, speaking to the University News Service after the game.
The season looks much sunnier for the women’s soccer team. The next match up is set for Friday, Sep. 1 at 7 p.m. before taking on Iowa State on Sunday, Sep. 3 at 1 p.m.
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