KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s soccer team skated past Grand Canyon Sunday evening with a score of 2-1, ending their four-game losing streak.
During the first period, the Roos were trailing 1-0 after allowing a goal in the 23rd minute of play from the Lopes attack.
Minutes before the first period ended, UMKC was given a spark from freshman midfielder David Ray-Campoy (Barcelona, Spain) when he would strike his first goal of the season to notch the game up 1-1 entering half time.
When the second period got underway, the Roos capitalized on another good opportunity when senior midfielder Henry Ramirez (Costa Mesa, Calif.) nailed his first goal of the season when he received a nice touch pass inside the Grand Canyon penalty box. Ramirez also came away with an assist on Campoy’s goal in the first period, contributing to both of the Roos’ scores in Sunday’s game.
Some other UMKC players that were involved with both of the goals this evening included senior midfielder Pantelis Popgeorgiev (Budapest, Hungary) and junior defender Antoine Precheur (Paris, France). Precheur has now tallied a total of five points on the year, which leads all UMKC players.
Referencing the defensive side of the field, junior goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) displayed poise and authority throughout the match. Errico came away with only allowing one goal and saving two more from happening in a close ballgame.
The win on Sunday evening gave the Roos their second win in conference play and third win overall this season. The Roos have now accumulated nine goals for the 2018 campaign and they will look to deliver more with just three games left in the regular season.
“Really happy for our team today,” commented head coach Rick Benben. “There effort was great and we scored two great goals on top of that.” “We have kept ourselves in the race for the conference tournament and look forward to playing Friday.”
The Roos will look to continue their winning ways when they head to California to take on California Baptist on Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. CT.
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