(Kansas City, Mo.) - UMKC conceded an early goal, but came back with two of their own to claim a 2-1 home-opening win over SIUE on Wednesday at Durwood Stadium.
The Cougars (0-4-1) jumped all over the ‘Roos (1-1-1) in the opening 20 minutes, getting a tally from leading scorer Christian Volesky just 10 minutes in on a pass from Garet Christianson into the box.
UMKC started to generate chances after about 25 minutes had run off the clock, and found a way to get the equalizer in the 36th minute. Senior Jordan Rideout knocked in a loose ball inside the six-yard box after freshman Wes White got a foot on it. It was the second goal of the season for Rideout, and the 23rd of his career.
The squads went into the break knotted at one, with SIUE taking a 5-3 shot advantage.
The second period saw UMKC come out strong, putting away the first opportunity it saw. Just seven minutes in, junior Broc Cramer got a ball on the right side, and was able to beat a defender and slot a cross on the ground into the box, where junior Didrik Rinde was waiting about seven yards away from the near post for a one-touch flick into the far netting.
Rideout nearly made it 3-1 in the 65th minute when he got a through ball and struck it just wide of the far post from the left side. Just three minutes later though, Volesky nearly answered for the Cougars, taking advantage of a UMKC miscue to go 1-on-1 with goalkeeper Chris McGaughey, who make a diving reaction save to parry the ball out of bounds.
On a corner kick in the 70th minute, the ‘Roos were whistled for a questionable foul in the box, resulting in a penalty kick for the Cougars. Again McGaughey was up to the task though, diving to his left to block away the kick just a couple feet from the post.
The final scoring opportunity came in the 81st minute as Rideout got a breakaway down the left side for the ‘Roos, his shot was strong and towards the far post, but SIUE goalkeeper Kent Kobernus was up to the task with a save.
The game got pretty chippy in the latter stages, with three cards handed out to SIUE in the final 18 minutes. The ‘Roos were called for 17 fouls in the game, while the Cougars had 11. The final shot count was 11-8 in favor of SIUE.
UMKC will continue its home stand on Saturday afternoon when Omaha comes to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff.