BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – After a weekend against two of the toughest teams in the Western Athletic Conference, CSU Bakersfield’s women’s soccer is heading into a new week, ready to take on its next challenge. The Roadrunners are prepared for another pair of league games as CSUB will travel to Chicago State on Friday, Oct. 14, before closing the road trip at UMKC Oct. 16.
“Coming off the positive performances last weekend against Seattle and Utah Valley, our goal now is to fight to keep that forward momentum in every aspect of our program,” said Gary Curneen, Head Coach of the ‘Runners. “We are becoming increasingly aware of what exactly is driving our team and those levels of energy, aggression, and intensity will be required again on the road this weekend. It's another huge opportunity for our team and I am excited to see how we respond to it.”
CSUB (5-8-1, 1-1-0 WAC) went on the road to open WAC play last Friday and took a 1-0 victory from defending WAC Tournament Champion Utah Valley. The win was the first for the ‘Runners against UVU since 2008. Looking to continue making history, CSUB was on the verge of earning its first victory in the all-time series against Seattle U on Sunday, but the Redhawks came from behind twice and eventually stole a 3-2, overtime win in Bakersfield.
The ‘Runners will hit the road to meet Chicago State (1-11-0, 0-2-0 WAC) on Friday, a team against which CSUB has had success in the past. Bakersfield owns a 2-0-0 record all-time against the Cougars, including a 9-1 drumming in Bakersfield last season. The ‘Runners reset multiple program records in that match, but will be ready for the Cougars’ attempt at revenge this weekend.
UMKC (4-7-3, 1-0-1 WAC) picked up four points in WAC play last week after defeating UT Rio Grande Valley at home and tying against New Mexico State on the road. The ‘Runners are 0-4-0 in the all-time series against the Kangaroos after playing to a close loss in double overtime a year ago.
Friday’s match at Chicago State is off campus and will not have live stats. Fans can follow along with the action, set to being at 3 p.m. (CT), on Chicago State’s twitter account (@ChiStateCougars). UMKC will stream the match live on the WAC Digital Network with Sunday’s match set for a 1 p.m. (CT) kickoff.