Women’s Soccer Success

UMKC moved into second place in the Western Athletic Conference this weekend after a tie and victory.

Women’s soccer has struggled to put the ball into the back of the net this season. They have possessed the ball more than their opponents, and in the right half of the field, the offensive half.

The log jam seems to have been broken, or at least temporarily. The team had gone 182 minutes without scoring until Sunday, when they tallied 3 goals.

“Sooner or later we were bound to have a game like this,” said Coach Chris Cissell. “I feel like we dominated the two teams that we tied, almost more than the team we beat three to nothing. That just shows how weird soccer is.”

Goal scorers for Sunday’s match against CSU Bakersfield were Abby Small and Lilly Cobb.

The first goal came off a corner kick in the 37th minute. Niekie Pellens crossed the ball into the box, and Small redirected it back across the goal. Lilly Cobb added two more in the second half.

Cobb found herself free from any defender on the right side of the goal. She took a couple of dribbles and had a shot from 9 yards out. The goalkeeper got one hand on the ball, but it wasn’t enough to keep it from finding the back of the net.

The second goal was also partially saved. Pellens served in another cross from a corner kick. Cobb had a volley shot from the top of the 18-yard box, which was sent back into play. She followed up on her shot and scored from 2 yards out.

Friday’s match against Grand Canyon was a frustrating, double overtime match. The Roos moved the ball well, as a unit, but they came up empty-handed when trying to score.

UMKC had 9 shots-on-goal, but none became the go-ahead goal. Grand Canyon’s goalkeeper earned her keep. She made a save on the goal line in the first five minutes; she saved Reighan Childers’ penalty kick, and an Abby Small breakaway.

If UMKC is the place for people going places, the women’s soccer team went to finishing school over the weekend. Coach Cissell said the team worked on specific drills between the two matches, which focused on scoring.

“As of right now we’re all alone in second place in the WAC,” said Cissell, “and our next game is at Seattle, who is in first place.”

rhennessy@unews.com

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