Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography
'Roos Host Cardinals Saturday, Face Mavs Tuesday
Courtesy:UMKC Athletics
Release:09/20/2013

Incarnate Word Cardinals (1-3-0) and Omaha Mavericks (1-4-0) vs. UMKC ‘Roos (1-2-2)

Date / Time: Sept. 21 (UIW) & 24 (UNO) / 7 pm & 4 pm
Site: Kansas City, Mo. / Omaha, Neb.
Webcast: UMKCKangaroos.com / None
Live Stats:  UMKCKangaroos.com (Free), both
Twitter: @TheUMKCRoos
Series:  FIrst Meeting / Series tied 1-1
      Home: 0-0-0 / 1-1-0
      Away: 0-0-0 / 0-0-0
      Neutral: 0-0-0 / 0-0-0
      Last Meeting:  None / W, 2-1, OT - 10/20/12
      Benben vs. Opponents: 0-0-0 / 1-1-0
Promotion: Buck Night;  Water, Chips, Candy, Hot dog, Grandma Cookies, Salted Nuts, Trail Mix, Vicks Bagged Popcorn are all just $1

The Games
The ‘Roos come back home for a contest with Incarnate Word out of San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night. Kansas City comes in after an undefeated weekend, but will face a team that defeated common opponent Central Arkansas 4-3 earlier in the year. On Tuesday UMKC will battle former Summit League foe Omaha for the third season in a row, but for the first time ever on the road.

The Coaches
In his 16th season at UMKC, Rick Benben is the winningest coach in school history, posting a 113-139-31 record. Under his guidance, UMKC has captured four conference regular season titles and has made three appearances in the NCAA College Cup with the most recent appearance coming in 2008.  Benben, the fourth head coach in the Division I era, was inducted into the UMKC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012.

        Vince Martinez is in his sixth season at Incarnate Word, and his third as the head coach. He boasts a 30-10-4 overall record after spending two seasons in the Division II ranks, and moving with UIW to Division I this year.
        Jason Mims is in his third season as the head coach at UNO, starting the program from scratch. He has a 6-25-2 overall record, including five wins last year, competing against UMKC in the Summit League.

The Series
The ‘Roos will be facing Incarnate Word for the first time in school history.

        This will be the third meeting between UMKC and Omaha, with the series tied 1-1. Last season the ‘Roos won 2-1 in overtime at home. Both meetings have taken place in Kansas City, with this being the first time UMKC has played the Mavericks on the road.

Scouting the Competition
Incarnate Word enters the weekend with a 1-3 overall record. The Cardinals play an independent schedule this season with 13 road games in their transition year to Division I. Last season as a Division II school, they went 15-4-1. Their lone win this year came against a UMKC common opponent, Central Arkansas. They defeated the Bears by a 4-3 score.  The Cardinals have scored five goals while giving up seven, but have out-shot the opposition 57-41.

        Omaha is 1-4 coming to the weekend, and play Cal State Fullerton on Saturday before battling UMKC on Tuesday. The Mavericks have dropped decisions to Grand Canyon, Drake, SIUE and Missouri State, all by one goal. They have scored five goals while allowing eight. They have out-shot the opposition 75-53.

A Win Against Incarnate Word Means...
- UMKC would have extended its unbeaten streak to three.

- The ‘Roos would remain undefeated at home, going to 1-0-1.

A Win Against Omaha Means...
- UMKC move ahead in the series by a 2-1 margin, winning the last two games.

- The ‘Roos will have won their second straight on the road after defeating SMU last week.

Up Next
UMKC will hit the road for its final non-conference match on Saturday night, Sept. 28 against Drake at 7:00 p.m.

        The ‘Roos trail the overall series 17-6-2, and lost the last meeting to the Bulldogs 1-0 in 2012.

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