(Kansas City, Mo.) - The Rockhurst Hawks took advantage of some UMKC defensive miscues on Sunday night and put them away to take a 3-1 victory in the final exhibition contest of the Kangaroos preseason slate.
The Hawks only took six shots in the entire game, and all three goals came on breakaways against the run of play. UMKC controlled the ball most of the night, but came away on the short end of the scoreboard. Both squads were also able to get most of their rosters into the contest as expected in an exhibition.
The scoring opened in the fifth minute when the Hawks’ Michael Panarisi got a through ball from Mitch Moncada after a turnover at midfield by the ‘Roos. He went in one-on-one with goalkeeper and finished into the far post. Less than four minutes later, Panarisi got behind the defense again, taking another through ball for a breakaway between the two UMKC center backs, and finishing for an early double and 2-0 RU lead.
The Hawks would only take one shot the rest of the half, but their defense held strong, keeping the ‘Roos from getting on the board before the break. Missouri-Kansas City had an 8-3 shot advantage, but were unable to get any on frame.
The final half also saw the ‘Roos dominate play, and they created a few more opportunities, but were unable to get on the board until junior Broc Cramer took a cross from freshman Chris Betancourt with his head off the far post and into the net to make it 2-1 in the 73rd minute. Cramer nearly tied it a few minutes later, but his shot from just inside the box went over the bar.
RU iced it in the 90th minute off another UMKC defensive miscue, as Kaleb Jackson took an errant pass 60 yards down the field on another breakaway and finished it.
Each goalkeeper made one save in the contest, while UMKC had a 14-6 advantage in shots.
The ‘Roos will open the season for real on Friday night when it faces a Big 10 opponent in Rutgers on the road in Piscataway, N.J.