Sisters Reighan and Rylan Childers were among the four UMKC women’s soccer players who earned All-Region honors by the United Soccer Coaches.
Reighan, a senior midfielder, and Rylan, a freshman forward/midfielder – both Grain Valley High School graduates – were named to the team along with junior defender Abby Small and senior midfielder/forward Lexie Howard.
“It is truly a special honor to have four players named to All-Region teams, particularly given the number of really talented players on the lengthy list of elite programs within the region,” UMKC coach Chris Cissell said in a release. “Each of these individuals, along with all of the players who made contributions throughout the year, played a huge role in the high-level of success we were able to achieve this season.”
Reighan Childers became the first player in UMKC women’s soccer history to be named All-Region first team. She tallied six goals and seven assists while leading UMKC to the Western Athletic Conference title and earning WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors. Her recognition as a one of the premiere players in the Pacific region, which includes dominant programs Stanford, USC and UCLA, is another milestone in Childers’ career that ended as the program’s career assist leader. Childers also ranks among the top-five in program history in goals and points.
Rylan Childers was named to the second team All-Region following All-WAC and WAC Freshman of the Year honors. She led the Kangaroos with 11 goals and led the WAC with 14 assists.
Howard, a Kearney grad who had 10 goals and 10 assists, was also a second-team selection. Small, a St. Teresa’s Academy graduate and the WAC Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the third team.