KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Despite tremendous effort, the UMKC men’s soccer team (2-1-3) suffered its first setback of the 2017 campaign on Saturday night after falling to the Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-4), 3-2.
The Roos opened up the scoring in the 16th minute of the match as Pandelis Popgeorgiev (Budapest, Hungary) connected with Alvaro Hernando (Bilbao, Spain) down the near side of the field. A pass across the box landed at the feet of Antoine Precheur (Paris, France), who buried his second goal of the season to put UMKC on the board.
Western Illinois responded in the 23rd minute, as a cross pass over the top of a UMKC defender fell at the feet of Fernando Pacheco three feet out from the goal. Pacheco snuck it past Roos goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) to knot the game at one-all.
In the second half, the Leathernecks took control, netting their second goal of the match in the 61st minute to take the 2-1 lead. A red card issued to UMKC’s Victor Olorunfemi (Wichita, Kan.) in the 64th minute of the match forced the Roos to play down a man for the final 26 minutes of the match. The foul by Olorunfemi set the Leathernecks up with a penalty kick, of which they converted, to take a 3-1 lead over UMKC.
The Roos refused to give up without their 11th man, adding pressure on the Leathernecks on both sides of the ball. In the 88th minute, junior midfielder Diego Serfaty (Sunrise, Fla.) stole the ball from his defender and slipped it past the Western Illinois goalkeeper to bring the Roos within one goal.
UMKC continued to fight for the final two minutes, but it was not enough, as the team endured its first loss of the 2017 season. Senior Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.) led the way with six shots, as Precheur, Christian Anderaos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Alexis Quevedo (El Paso, Texas) each registered two shots apiece. In the net, Errico collected five saves, while the team tallied one, for six total on the night.
The Roos will be back in action when they host Missouri State on Tuesday, Sept. 19 for UMKC Student Night, before wrapping up the nonconference portion of its schedule at Drake on Sept. 23. UMKC’s game against the Bears will be broadcast on the WAC Digital Network.
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