KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s soccer team (5-10-3, 3-7 WAC) saw its 2017 season come to an end on Saturday afternoon, falling 2-1 in overtime to nationally-ranked Air Force (14-1-3, 8-0-2 WAC) in the Western Athletic Conference and regular-season finale.
Roos goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) was forced to go to work early, making two saves in the first 15 minutes of action. Senior captain Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.) continued to register shots for UMKC, taking his first of the game at the 13-minute mark.
Six minutes after subbing into the game, Sean Bernabo (Eden Prairie, Minn.) found a charging Pandelis Popgeorgiev (Budapest, Hungary) in front of the Falcons goal. Popgeorgiev banged one into the hands of Air Force’s keeper, as he was unable to grasp it and the Roos took a 1-0 advantage. The goal given up by John Wendt is just the 10th allowed all year.
At halftime of the match, UMKC recognized its four seniors – Chris Betancourt (Weston, Fla.), Nick Cramer (Wichita, Kan.), Eddie Howe (St. Louis, Mo.) and McWoods – who are all set to receive their bachelor’s degrees in May.
Giacomo Caruso (Termoli, Italy) headed a ball just wide of the goal to open up the second 45 minutes of play for UMKC. Errico grabbed two more saves, before the Roos were called for a handball in the box – and the Falcons converted the penalty kick – to knot the game at one-all.
After 90 minutes of action, the two teams entered golden goal overtime. In the 91st minute, Enric Ferrer (Barcelona, Spain) tallied UMKC’s lone shot in extra time just wide of the goal, while the Falcons netted the game winner eight minutes later.
Despite seeing their season end, the Roos saw tremendous growth in 2017. The Roos have tacked on at least one goal on the board in 11-consecutive games, which matches the longest streak of its kind since UMKC scored in 11-straight contests during the 2006 season.
Individually, Errico collected four clean sheets on the year which ranks in a tie for the sixth-most in a single season for a Roo. He also tied for the 10th-best goals against average (1.59) and finished sixth in program history in single season minutes played (1695:33) by a goalkeeper. Newcomer Christian Anderaos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) contributed six assists on the season, tying for the fifth-most given out in a single season at UMKC.
McWoods saved his best for last, as the captain led the team in goals (11), points (25), shots (62) and shots on goal (34), with three game-winning goals to go along with it. For a single season, McWoods landed himself in the record book – tying for the third-most in program history in goals, points and shots. For his two-year career, McWoods 15 goals are the 11th most by a Roo all time.
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