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Women’s Soccer Keeps Early Lead

Before the fans of UMKC women’s soccer could even get comfortable in their seats, Reighan Childers recorded a goal and an assist for the Kangaroos. Sydni Young scored on an assist from Childers four minutes into the game. Four minutes later, she scored on an assist from Kelsey Mothershead.

It was all the Roos needed as they defeated UTRGV 2-0. Anna Lillig recorded her 3rd shutout since replacing injured Nina Tzianos in-goal. The victory puts their Western Athletic Conference record at 5-2-1 and improves their overall record to 11-5-1. With only two games left before the conference tournament, the team is hitting its stride just as the season winds down.

“We’re getting our momentum back,” Reighan Childers said. She and Lexie Howard now share the team lead with seven goals apiece. “It was nice to see not only a win but to have control of the game. In past games, we’ve pulled off wins but haven’t had complete control. So it was nice to have one of those games.”

Assistant coach Jeff Cole was also pleased with the early goals and the controlled victory.

“We came out flying the first ten minutes,” Coach Jones said. “Then we kind of settled into the game a little bit. Tried to push for the third goal but it didn’t come before halftime. Overall, a good performance from the team. We were able to play all 22 girls tonight, which is good. Get some rest for the starters.”

With their strong record and two games left to play, securing the two seed for the WAC championship tournament is still a possibility.

“Hopefully we can move up into the number two seed but things have to work in our favor with the other teams ahead of us,” Jones said.

Freshman Goalkeeper Anna Lillig has impressed the conference since coming off a redshirt to replace four-year conference standout Nina Tzianos. Last week the WAC named Lillig Defender of the Week and she held another team scoreless this week.

“Anna has come on really, really well,” Jones said. “I’m really proud of her and her performance and I know she’s only to keep on getting better next week as we head to Chicago and then into the conference tournament.”

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