KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s soccer team fell at California Baptist on Friday afternoon to a score of 3-0.
With hopes of gaining ground for a WAC Conference Tournament invite, the Roos were outgunned from the start as the Lancers delivered one of their best offensive performances of the year.
California Baptist came determined to put their skills to the test as Lancer midfielder George Ionascu scored his second goal of the season in the 4th minute of play off a free kick. The Roos would hold on to a 1-0 deficit heading into the second period after being battled early from the Lancers.
Entering the second period, the Lancers would double their production from the first as the next goals would come in the 49th and 84th minutes of play. Both goals would come from Niklas Haakenstad, who would strike his fourth and fifth goals of the season to put the Roos away for good heading into the last 10 minutes in the game.
Offensively, the Roos were aggressive all match as they had five corner kicks compared to the Lancers three. But the shots taken by both teams were doubled as the Roos took 11 compared to the Lancers shot count at 23.
This offensive barrage created a busy afternoon for junior goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) who would go on to save six shots but could not hold at the end as California Baptist played a relentless style of offensive for 90 minutes.
Falling in Riverside, California, UMKC now sits with a 3-12 (2-7) record for 2018, making it difficult to enter the conference tournament with two games left to play.
Head coach Rick Benben gave his thoughts on the matchup against the Lancers afterwards.
“The team played very well in the first half but ran out of gas in the latter part,” stated Benben. “Too much to ask of the boys to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. in extreme heat after a month of traveling.” “We will regroup and put out a better effort Sunday at Bakersfield.”
Continuing their road trip this weekend, the Roos will head to Bakersfield, Calif. to face off against CSU Bakersfield on Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. CT.
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