KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s soccer team (4-6-3, 2-3 WAC) will return to Durwood Soccer Stadium this weekend for a pair of Western Athletic Conference matches against Grand Canyon (6-7, 3-2 WAC) on Friday and UNLV (7-7, 4-1 WAC) on Sunday. Friday night’s contest against the Lopes is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT, while Sunday’s game versus the Rebels is slated for 1 p.m. CT.
Single game tickets for this weekend’s games are available for fans to purchase by visiting the team’s website or calling 844-UMKC-FAN. UMKC students receive free admission to all regular season home events with a valid student ID. Can’t make it to the game? Learn how you can still help support the UMKC men’s soccer team.
Live stats will be available for fans to follow during UMKC’s matches against Grand Canyon and UNLV, while in-game updates will also be provided for fans through the team’s Twitter account. Fans can stream live video of each game for free through the WAC Digital Network.
About the Roos
The 2017 season marks the 20th under the direction of Rick Benben. UMKC boasts a 36-26-6 (.574) record at its home facility and will play the most home matches in a single season at Durwood Soccer Stadium, hosting 11 opponents this season.
As a team, UMKC currently ranks in the top five in the WAC in shots taken (162) and shutouts (4). The Roos are second in saves (60), as starting goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) has tabulated the third-best save percentage (.760) in the league.
Junior forward Pandelis Popgeorgiev (Budapest, Hungary) led the offensive charge for the Roos in UMKC’s 3-1 loss at Houston Baptist (Oct. 5), as his nine shots fell one shot shy of the program record and tied for second-most in a single game in school history. A total of nine Roos combined for a season-high 29 shots in the game – just four shy of a conference match record in the WAC.
Senior captain Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.) was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2 for his outstanding performances against UT Rio Grande Valley (Sept. 29) and Incarnate Word (Oct. 1) to help the Roos to a 2-0 start in league play for the first time since the 2012 season. McWoods’ hat trick against the Vaqueros is the first for a Roo since the 2010 campaign and the fourth in the WAC this season. His 17 points and seven goals overall ranks second in the conference.
The Roos battled to a 2-2 double overtime draw at Milwaukee (Sept. 12) to notch their third draw in three games. UMKC’s three draws so far this year is just one shy of tying the most in a single season by the program.
Errico earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 4 after making a season-high seven saves en route to his third consecutive shutout against Rutgers (Sept. 3).
McWoods earned his first career WAC Offensive Player of the Week nod on Aug. 28 after finishing the two game series against Central Arkansas and Northwestern with eight shots, two goals, two assists and six points.
About the Lopes
Grand Canyon opened conference play with a commanding 5-2 victory over Houston Baptist and have gone 2-2 in its last four outings. Most recently, the Lopes suffered a 2-0 setback at UT Rio Grande Valley, despite taking more shots at the net than the Vaqueros. Last season in Phoenix, Grand Canyon pulled off its largest margin of victory of the season in a 5-1 win over the Roos. The Lopes are led on the pitch by Niki Jackson and Damian German.
About the Rebels
UNLV will have a tough road test at Air Force on Friday before arriving to Durwood on Sunday. The Rebels enter this weekend on a two-game win streak, while winning five of their last six matches. According to the United Soccer Coaches weekly poll, UNLV is one of three programs in the league to currently be ranked in the top nine in the west region. The Rebels are led on the pitch by the league’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year pick Danny Musovski and Marco Gonzalez.
The Roos will head to the west coast next weekend for a pair of games at CSU Bakersfield and San Jose State before hosting Air Force to close the regular season on Nov. 4.
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