Solid start for the UMKC women’s soccer team

Dan Moreno

The women’s soccer team, led by Head Coach Chris Cissell, started strong in WAC play this weekend by defeating New Mexico State and Texas-Pan American on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

UMKC hosted both games at Stanley H. Durwood Stadium and scored 10 total goals over the weekend.

On Friday, freshman forward Whitney Lucas scored the first two goals of her career and led the Roos to a 4-2 victory in the team’s WAC opener against New Mexico.

Early in the match, senior Hannah Chadick scored the first goal off of an assist by Kaely Tott. In the 22nd minute, New Mexico’s Katie Smith scored with a 20-yard shot that defeated UMKC goalkeeper Megan Goetzinger.

Less than one minute after New Mexico’s goal, UMKC senior Alyssa Elver put the Roos back on top with a shot that beat opposing goalkeeper Taylor Rice.

Lucas scored UMKC’s third goal and the first of her career in the 43rd minute off of an assist from Taylor Andrzejewski. In the 63rd minute, she blasted a rebounded ball inside the box to for another point, and to increase UMKC’s lead by three.

“Whitney has had to battle through a knee injury, and as a result, she’s barely played this year,” Cissell said. “It was great to see her get involved to the extent that she did tonight. She had a great game.”

On Sunday, the Kangaroos returned to Durwood Stadium and shattered the Texas Pan-American Broncs 6-0. Sophomore Emily Herndon led UMKC with two goals.

Sarah Todd put the Roos up in the 5th minute with the team’s first goal. Kara Priest, Alyssa Elver and Nikki Lynch also scored.

Cissell’s team now stand 6-3-2, 2-0 and will be back in action on Friday when the Roos travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico to take on the Aggies.