Roos Look Ahead to Conference Games Friday and Sunday
UMKC Athletics 9-25-2018
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After going up against a national powerhouse in the Air Force Falcons, the UMKC men’s soccer team continues Western Athletic Conference play this week with games against Seattle U (9/28) and San Jose State (9/30) at 7 p.m. and 12 p.m. C.T.


For fans wanting to follow the Roos’ this week, in-game updates will be provided through the team’s Twitter account. Each game will be video streamed live through the WAC Digital Network. Live stats will be displayed through the team’s website with the links below:

Live Stats: vs Seattle U (Friday)

Live Stats: vs San Jose State (Sunday)

About the Roos

With conference play underway, UMKC looks ahead to getting their first win in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play and their first win since Aug. 31st, where the Roos pulled out a double overtime victory against Oral Roberts. Facing #10 Air Force for the first conference game of the 2018 season, head coach Rick Benben’s team looks to seize control of this weekend’s matches with both games being at home.  

Junior forward Tim Staerz (Bad Nauheim, Germany) has led the charge for the Roos thus far, accumulating one goal and one assist for three points in 2018. Staerz lone goal came in the clinching moments of the Oral Roberts match, where he put the Roos in the win column for the first time back on Aug. 31st.

Moving to the defensive side of the field, junior goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) keeps impressing as the year goes on, composing 31 saves, 2.35 goals allowed per game and a .646 save percentage in the 2018 season.

Senior forward Pandelis Popgeorgiev (Budapest, Hungary) has been a pest for opposing defenses as of late, recording one goal with two points to go with his 10 shots on the season.

About the Redhawks

Coming off two wins last week, the Redhawks are looking to continue riding their hot hands, as freshman forward Declan McGlynn and senior goalkeeperJosh Adachi both earned WAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week at their respective positions.

McGlynn has provided an offensive explosion for Seattle U this year, tallying three goals, three assists and nine points for the Redhawks. Adachi has been a workhorse for Seattle U in 2018, allowing 11 goals and averaging 1.22 goals allowed per game.

Leading the team is head coach Pete Fewing, who has been the coach for the Redhawks for the past 25 seasons. This is the seventh season Seattle U has been associated at the Division I level.

About the Spartans

Compiling a 3-4-1 record in 2018, the Spartans are looking to find new life in conference play this weekend at Durwood Stadium. Offensively, San Jose State is led by sophomore defender Omar Lemus and sophomore midfielder Willy Miranda. Lemus, a San Jose, Calif. native, has been slicing through opposing defenses all year, recording four goals, three assists, and 11 points on 15 shots.

Miranda has kept up with his counterpart as well, scoring three goals and obtaining six points on 20 shots for the Spartans.

Referring to the man between the posts, senior goalkeeper Alex Clewis has been solid throughout 2018, composing 43 saves, 1.82 goals allowed per game and a .741 save percentage.

Up Next

Following this weekend’s conference showdown against the Spartans, the Roos will travel to Edinburg, Texas to take on UTRGV on Friday, Oct. 5th at 7 p.m. CT.

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