Deja-Vu in Creighton

Elijah Ringler

Omaha, Neb.- The UMKC women’s soccer team wrapped up a seven-game road trip with a 3-0 loss to the Creighton squad Wednesday night. The Roos dropped to 1-7 on the season as the Blue Jays won their fifth match in a row.

Creighton’s Emily Orbell scored the opening goal in the fourth minute with a weaving run through the UMKC defense that left her one-on-one with Roos goalkeeper Jami Finnell. A well-placed shot to the left side of the net was all it took to get the Blue Jays the only goal they would need for the night.

“We made some defensive mistakes of diving in and we just got caught not being on our toes and not working together as a team to defend,” junior defender Laura Creason said. “She made a great goal.”

The Jays kept aggressively attacking and found the back of the net again before the half-hour mark. Andrea Zuniga controlled a free kick from Claire Zach in the box and slotted it home in the 26th minute. Another goal in the 37th minute by Kayla Nsien put the match well into the hands of the Jays.

“I think we were a little sluggish, a little slow on our feet,” said Roos’ head coach Anita Rodriguez. “We made some adjustments in the second half and it was a 0-0 half.”

The Roos showed a little life directly after the first goal when freshman Ashley Gann forced a save out of Creighton goalkeeper Katie Jo Swanson in the fifth minute. However, the Roos didn’t put another shot on goal until the 84th minute when sophomore Britta Alpen forced Swanson to keep the ball out of the net for only the second and final time.

The 3-0 scoreline was identical to the one put up between the two teams in last season’s inaugural match at Durwood Soccer Stadium and Recreational Field. Despite the same result, UMKC improved by allowing fewer shots on goal and corners, both key scoring statistics.

Gann was the most impressive Roo on the stat sheet, leading the team with two shots despite playing only 40 minutes. Finnell increased her Summit League-leading saves total to 64 after stopping 11 shots.

Taylor Bare and Zaina Mayer had several scoring opportunities in the second half but nothing came of them.

“We didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had offensively,” Rodriguez said. “We got forward on them; we really didn’t get forward last year. If we could have capitalized on a few of the opportunities then it’s a totally different game.”

UMKC wraps up non-conference play with a home game against in-state rival Missouri State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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