KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s soccer team (5-7-3, 3-4 WAC) will embark on its final road trip of the regular season this weekend, making stops at CSU Bakersfield (5-8-1, 3-3-1 WAC) on Friday night and San Jose State (5-9-1, 3-3-1 WAC) on Sunday afternoon. Friday night’s contest against the Roadrunners is scheduled for 9 p.m. CT, while Sunday’s game versus the Spartans is slated for 3 p.m. CT.
Live stats will be available for fans to follow during UMKC’s matches against CSU Bakersfield and San Jose State, 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 37-27-6 (.571) 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 (178), goals (21) and shutouts (4). The Roos are second in saves (72), as starting goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) has tabulated the fourth-best save percentage (.756) in the league.
In UMKC’s 2-1 victory over Grand Canyon (Oct. 20), Errico collected a season and career high nine saves in the net for the Roos. Despite falling 3-1 to UNLV (Oct. 22), the match marked the eighth straight that UMKC has tacked at least one goal on the board, which is the longest stream of its kind since the Roos scored in 10-consecutive contests during the 2008 season.
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 Roadrunners
CSU Bakersfield enters Friday’s match on a one-game losing streak after falling 1-0 to Incarnate Word in overtime last Sunday. The Roadrunners currently ranks second in a tie with UMKC in the WAC in total saves (72) and are 17th in the NCAA for saves per game, led by goalkeeper Detre Bell. Senior defender Jamie Carey-Morrell leads the Roadrunners on the pitch with five goals and was named a preseason All-WAC selection.
About the Spartans
San Jose State will host Air Force on Friday before the Roos visit Spartan Soccer Complex on Sunday. The Spartans enter the weekend on the league’s longest winning streak in the conference after topping Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word and UTRGV on the road. San Jose State is led on the pitch by Jeremy Romero, who has registered seven goals on 29 shots this season.
The Roos will host Air Force to close the regular season on Nov. 4 at Durwood Soccer Stadium. The team’s seniors – Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.), Chris Betancourt (Weston, Fla.), Eddie Howe (St. Louis, Mo.) and Nick Cramer (Wichita, Kan.) – will be recognized for their contributions to the program at halftime.
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