KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the 2018 regular season coming to a close, the UMKC men’s soccer team will play their last game this weekend against Houston Baptist on Saturday. This will also be the final game for the 13 seniors who have contributed to the team and this university over the years
For fans wanting to tune-in for the matchup at Durwood Stadium this Saturday, in-game updates will be provided through the team’s Twitter account. Each game will be video streamed live through the WAC Digital Network.
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About the Roos
Nearing the end of a 2018 campaign that has featured ups and downs in different portions of the year, head coach Rick Benben’s team will look to put it all together when Saturday evening arrives and finish strong for the 13 seniors who will leave the program after this weekend.
The seniors finishing up their careers at UMKC this Saturday will be forward Pandelis Popgeorgiev (Budapest, Hungary), midfielder Sean Bernabo (Eden Prairie, Minn.), midfielder Chris Bellmann (Altdorf bei Nurnberg, Germany), forward Tony Mok (Greenwood, Mo.), midfielder Lorant Lettner (Budapest, Hungary), midfielder Agustin Zambrano (Weston, Fla.), midfielder Henry Ramirez (Costa Mesa, Calif.), midfielder Diego Serfaty (Caracas, Venezuela), goalkeeper Ryan Tome (Pembroke Pines, Fla.), Victor Olorunfemi (Osobago, Nigeria), Kolos Urbanyi, midfielder Christian Anderaos (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and forward Michele Drago (Bergamo, Italy).
This bunch has played through some tough seasons but will look to put their mark on the last game of a year that has been deterred by a lack of consistency on the offensive end.
Some of these seniors have still tried to salvage a season that has had many bumps in the road as forward Pandelis Popgeorgiev has delivered two goals, one assist and five points for the Roos. Popgeoriev’s two goals are tied for the team lead and he has also notched a game winning goal, which came in Sunday’s victory at CSU Bakersfield.
Moving around the field, midfielder Henry Ramirez has been a pest for defensive units all season as he has delivered a game winning goal himself while tacking on one assist. Ramirez sits in second place at three points for UMKC and hopes to finish strong on Saturday against Houston Baptist by using his speed and quickness to take on the Huskies defender unit come 6 p.m. CT.
Even though he might not be a senior, junior goalkeeper Filippo Errico will look to wrap up a stellar 2018 campaign where he has posted 57 saves, an average of 1.90 goal allowed per game, a save percentage of .679 and one shutout. Even though the Roos have struggled with putting the ball through the net, Errico has kept his team in a lot of games and specifically in conference play. The Verona, Italy native will look to send the seniors out on Saturday in the win column.
About the Huskies
Heading into their last game of the season as well, Houston Baptist brings a 5-7-3 record into Durwood Stadium this Saturday. Even though the Huskies have operated on a similar path of offensive efficiency rates throughout the 2018 campaign, Houston Baptist still has nearly double as many goals (16) as UMKC does this year (nine).
Almost half of these goals have come from the Huskies top two offensive standouts as sophomore midfielder Gianluca Natera and junior forward Dominick Faletto have taken charge since conference play began.
Natera has been at the top of the leaderboards in nearly every offensive category for the Huskies, as he has contributed with five goals, five assists and 15 points on the year. The native out of Katy, Texas native sits just outside the top 10 in goals scored from all WAC players in 2018.
Sitting at the top with Natera is midfielder Dominick Faletto, who has provided great performances for a Houston Baptist squad who sits in ninth place for the current WAC conference standings. The Forney, Texas native has accumulated four goals, two assists and 10 points for the Huskies, claiming his rightful spot among his teammates at the top of the stat book.
Defensively, the Huskies have been anchored by goalkeeper Jorge Cabrera all season. Crabrera’s numbers have been very prolific on the 2018 campaign, as he has correlated a 1.57 goals allowed per game average, 74 saves, 23 goals allowed and four shutouts for his tenure.
Cabrera has faced 223 total shots from opposing teams this year, so the Roos will be tested inside the box when Saturday’s match begins.
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