KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Flying back from Orem, Utah this past weekend, the UMKC men’s soccer team returns to play in Durwood Stadium this week against UNLV (10/19) and Grand Canyon (10/21). The Roos will look to avenge a tough road trip that resulted in a 0-3 record these past few weeks.
For fans wanting to follow the Roos’ at home this week, in-game updates will be provided through the team’s Twitter account. Each game will also be video streamed live through the WAC Digital Network.
Live Stats: vs. UNLV
Live Stats: vs GCU
About the Roos
Coming down to the end of the regular season, Rick Benben’s squad will look to finish WAC conference play strong for the second half of October. It has been a struggle on the offensive end for the Roos this year as the team has averaged .58 goals per game for the 2018 campaign. Specifically in conference play, UMKC has mustered out seven goals against WAC opponents this year, which has led to a 1-5 conference record for the team thus far.
There have been bright spots for the offensive unit this year as junior defender Antoine Precheur (Paris, France) and junior forward Tim Staerz (Bad Nauheim, Germany) have led the way for the Roos in 2018. Staerz has cooled off as of late with no goals scored since his game winning goal in the double overtime victory against Oral Roberts back on Aug. 31st. Since that victory, Staerz has helped contribute to another win coming against San Jose State on Sept. 30th which he delivered the assist to Lorent Lettner (Budapest, Hungary), who delivered the game winning goal for the Roos and helped solidify the second victory on the 2018 season.
Precheur has turned into a reliable weapon for the Roos as he has accumulated two goals and four points on the 2018 campaign. The first of Precheur’s two goals came in a crucial part of the season as he contributed in the win against Oral Roberts, nailing the goal in regular time before forward Tim Staerz finished off the Golden Eagles for good in overtime.
UMKC’s defensive numbers have been stout all season as junior goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) has put his mark on conference play, allowing 2.05 goals per game with a .656 save percentage. Errico’s 42 saves on the year puts him in fifth place among WAC qualified goalkeepers.
About the Rebels
Grinding through the season with a 7-7-1 record, the Rebels have played quality opponents all throughout 2018, resulting in a .500 campaign. UNLV is on track to have a similar record as last year, when they completed the 2017 campaign with an 11-9-1 record but an astounding 7-3 record in conference play.
Sophomore midfielder Marco Gonzalez and senior midfielder Daniel Moran have led the charge for the Rebel’s offense thus far. Both players have accumulated 12 goals, four assists and 28 points combined for UNLV this year. The duo has also come up huge in crunch time for the Rebels, as Gonzalez and Moran both have a total of three game winning goals on the year.
The Rebels have been stout on the defensive side of the field as Enrique Adame has provided UNLV with multiple great outings. Adame has played in 14 games for the Rebels, contributing 47 saves while allowing 1.33 goals per game and a save percentage of .723 for 2018. In regards to WAC goalkeepers, Adame ranks fourth among his peers with those 47 saves on the season.
About the Lopes
It has been a down year for the Lopes as the team has struggled on the road in 2018, contributing to their 6-7 (3-3) record thus far. Led by Schellas Hyndman, the Lopes have come away with some tough losses this season. However, Grand Canyon has played very well against ranked opponents this year which include wins against #12 Wisconsin, #20 Creighton and #25 Seattle U.
Inconsistency has played a part for the Lopes campaign through non-conference play. But Hyndman’s team looks to finish strong with a few games to go in WAC conference play.
Some key players to look out for when Sunday arrives includes freshman forward Calvin Kissi and senior midfielder Alex Radilla. Kissi has developed into a prime time performer for the Lopes as he has delivered two game-winning goals and five points for Grand Canyon. Referring to Kissi’s counterpart, Radilla has been a solid player for the Lopes in 2018, scoring one goal while assisting on two others and accumulating four points on the year.
This 2018 Lopes team will bring an energized squad of playmakers on Sunday at Durwood Stadium.
Finishing Sunday’s matchup at Durwood Stadium against the Lopes, the Roos will travel to Bakersfield, Calif. for a matchup against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, Oct. 28th at 3 p.m. CT.
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