Oct 30, 2018
UMKC'S CHILDERS AND GCU'S BURTON NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kansas City's Rylan Childers and Grand Canyon's Abby Burton have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 22-28.
Childers, a freshman forward from Grain Valley, Mo. (Grain Valley), netted two goals and added three assists in a dominating 8-0 win over Chicago State. She had both goals in the second half scoring one in the 48th minute and the other in the 59th. Childers assisted goals scored by Ryann Burnett, Lexie Howard, and Amanda Sampson. She now has ten total goals in her first collegiate season.
Burton, a redshirt senior goalkeeper from Peoria, Ariz. (Liberty), led the Lopes in an overtime tie against CSU Bakersfield. Grand Canyon tied with CSU Bakersfield 3-3 after 110 minutes of play. Burton grabbed eight saves and helped the Lopes earn a fourth-place seed for the WAC Women's Soccer Tournament.
Other offensive nominees: California Baptist's Miranda Martinez scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory against Montana… Camryn Larson of Grand Canyon scored twice in a 3-3 double-overtime tie with CSU Bakersfield… NM State's Alexa Barrera notched her first career multi-goal game with two against UT Rio Grande Valley… Leahi Manthei of Seattle U scored both goals in a 2-0 win against Utah Valley… UT Rio Grande Valley's Diandra Aliaga scored the game-winner against NM State.
Other defensive nominees: Kansas City's Anna Lillig helped the Roos to an 8-0 shutout against Chicago State.
ALL-WAC POSTSEASON HONORS
The Western Athletic Conference has announced its All-WAC women's soccer teams and major awards as selected by the league's nine head coaches. Kansas City swept the major awards with Reighan Childers being named WAC Offensive Player of the year and Abby Small earning WAC Defensive Player of the Year. Kansas City's Rylan Childers claimed WAC Freshman of the Year and the Roos' head coach, Chris Cissell, was named WAC Coach of the Year.
Reighan Childers, a senior from Grain Valley, Mo., posted six goals and seven assists throughout the season. She has tallied 19 points in 19 games played. In 61 shots taken, Reighan has placed 25 on goal. Besides her stats, she controlled the tempo and pace of the game for Kansas City throughout the year. She will graduate as Kansas City's all-time assists leader.
Small, a junior from Kansas City, Mo., led a defense that allowed just three goals in conference play. She started all 19 games and played 1,593 minutes. Small played a large role in the Roos' nine shutouts, seven in WAC play, throughout the season. She also tallied two goals on the season, including one game-winner.
Rylan Childers, a freshman from Grain Valley, Mo., finished the regular season with 10 goals, 14 assists, and 34 points. She leads the WAC in assists and points and is ranked second in goals scored. Throughout NCAA Division I, Rylan leads in total assists, is second in assists per game, and eighth in total points. She has already tallied the most points for a freshman in Kansas City program history.
Cissell led his team to back-to-back WAC regular season titles. He consistently helps the Roos to a top-three finish in regular season play. Cissell has spent 27 seasons at the reins of a men's or women's collegiate soccer team and compiled an overall record of 369-165-40. He claims an 86-59-18 record with Kansas City in eight seasons and 38-11-4 in WAC play.
2018 First Team All-WAC
Lexie Howard, Sr., F, Kansas City
Kelsey Mothershead, Sr., F, Kansas City
Emily Zapata, Fr., F, UT Rio Grande Valley
Aminah Settles, R Sr. F, CSU Bakersfield
Rylan Childers, Fr. MF, Kansas City
Reighan Childers, Sr., MF, Kansas City
McKenzie Cook, Sr., MF, Grand Canyon
Abby Small, Jr., D, Kansas City
Hannah Carrothers, Sr., D, Seattle U
Rachel Bowler, Jr., D, Seattle U
Kinga Szemik, Jr., GK, UT Rio Grande Valley
2018 Second Team All-WAC
Jessie Ray, Jr., F, Seattle U
Sarah Bonney, Jr., F, UT Rio Grande Valley
Desarae Felix, Sr., F, California Baptist
Sara Quevedo, Jr., MF, Chicago State
Isabelle Butterfield, Sr., MF, Seattle U
Madeline Moore, Fr., MF, Utah Valley
Holly Rothering, Jr., MF, Seattle U
Halle Hamilton, Jr., D, Kansas City
Hannah Bruce, Jr., D, Utah Valley
Tuva Nilsen, Sr., D, UT Rio Grande Valley
Carissa Christensen, Sr., GK, California Baptist
Offensive Player of the Year: Reighan Childers, Sr., MF, Kansas City
Defensive Player of the Year: Abby Small, Jr., D, Kansas City
Freshman of the Year: Rylan Childers, Fr., MF, Kansas City
Coach of the Year: Chris Cissell, Kansas City
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
California Baptist, Kansas City, UT Rio Grande Valley, and Seattle U all closed out their final weekend of regular season play with a win. California Baptist ended their season with a non-WAC win over Montana, 2-1. Kansas City finished with a commanding 8-0 win over Chicago State. UT Rio Grande Valley defeated NM State 3-2 to secure the three seed in the WAC Tournament. Seattle U topped Utah Valley 2-0 in their final match.
At the conclusion of regular season play, Kansas remains atop the majority of the statistical categories. The Roos have 372 shots, averaging 19.58 a game. They have tallied 48 goals and 46 assists for 142 total points. They average 2.53 goals a game and 2.42 assists.
Individually, Lexie Howard of Kansas City has taken 87 shots averaging 4.58 a game. Kansas City's Rylan Childers has ten goals and 14 assists on the season to lead the WAC with 34 points. Emily Zapata of UT Rio Grande Valley remains the leader in goals scored with 11, five being game-winners. Grand Canyon's Abby Burton has grabbed the most saves with 101 total and Afton Fennwald of Kansas City has posted the most shutouts at eight.
Kansas City is ranked in the top ten in six categories for NCAA Division I statistics. The Roos are eight in assists per game and points per game averaging 2.42 and 7.47, respectively. They average 19.58 shots per game which ranks ninth and 9.42 shots on goal per game, ranked sixth. With 46 total assists they sit at fifth-best and second in goals with 48. The Roos rank fourth in total points with 142.
Rylan Childers of Kansas City is ranked individually in the top ten three times. She is second in assists per game with .74 and first in total assists with 14. She is also eighth in total points with 34. Kansas City's Lexie Howard also cracked the top ten as she is placed ninth in total assists with ten.
The first day of WAC Tournament play brings matchups between #6 CSU Bakersfield and #3 UT Rio Grande Valley and #4 Grand Canyon and #5 Utah Valley. The last time CSU Bakersfield and UT Rio Grande Valley met up, the Vaqueros were successful winning 3-1. Grand Canyon and Utah Valley ended their last matchup in a 0-0 double-overtime tie.
Ryann Burnett posted her first career hat trick in her final career match at Durwood Stadium. She scored back-to-back in the ninth and tenth minute and followed with a third in the 33rd minute.
COMING TO YOU LIVE
The WAC Digital Network will broadcast over 60 games this season including all five games of the 2018 WAC Women's Soccer Tournament in Orem, Utah.