KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s soccer team will kick off the 2017 season on the road at Central Arkansas on Aug. 25, before heading home to begin its longest home stand of the season on Aug. 27 against Northwestern.
Live stats will be available for fans at UMKCstats.com. In-game updates will also be provided for fans through the team’s Twitter account. Sunday’s match against Big Ten powerhouse Northwestern will be streamed for free on the WAC Digital Network.
About the Roos
The Roos return 11 starters in the fall to a roster that features three seniors – Chris Betancourt (Weston, Fla.), Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.) and Eddie Howe (St. Louis, Mo.). The 2017 season marks the 20th under the direction of Rick Benben. UMKC boasts a 33-24-4 (.574) 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. The Roos won both their exhibition matches, shutting out Saint Louis on the road, 3-0, and beating crosstown rival Rockhurst, 2-1.
About the Bears
Central Arkansas, which went undefeated (5-0-2) in its final seven games last season, returns 78% of its goals scored from last season (21 of 27) and 67% of its assists (18 of 27). Sophomore Niklas Brodacki, who was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in 2016, is UCA’s top returner. The Bears are picked to finish fourth in the MVC this season in a poll by the league’s coaches.
About the Wildcats
Northwestern finished the preseason slate with a 2-0-1 mark. Elo Ozumba, Mattias Tomasino and Rouven Wahlfeldt were named to the 2017 Big Ten Conference men's soccer preseason honors list. Ozumba enters his senior campaign in Evanston as the Wildcats' returning points leader from last season.
UMKC will wrap up its three-game home stand when it hosts Rutgers on Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. CT and Memphis on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. CT at Durwood Soccer Stadium. Both games will be available for fans to watch on the WAC Digital Network.
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