HOUSTON, Texas – The UMKC men’s soccer team (4-3-3, 2-0 WAC) will hit the road for a trio of Western Athletic Conference matches beginning with a matchup at Houston Baptist (3-4, 0-2 WAC) on Thursday evening. Kickoff between the Roos and the Huskies is slated for 7 p.m. CT.
Live stats will be available for fans to follow during Thursday’s contest, while in-game updates will also be provided for fans through the team’s Twitter account. Fans can stream live video of the game for free through Houston Baptist’s YouTube channel.
About the Roos
The 2017 season marks the 20th under the direction of Rick Benben. UMKC boasts a 36-26-6 (.574) record at its home facility and will play the most home matches in a single season at Durwood Soccer Stadium, hosting 11 opponents this season.
As a team, UMKC currently ranks in the top five in the WAC in several categories, including shots (117), points (40), goals (15) and shutouts (4). The Roos are first in saves (47), as starting goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) is tied for the best save percentage (.800) in the league, allowing just 11 goals so far this season.
Senior captain Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.) was named WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 2 for his outstanding performances against UT Rio Grande Valley (Sept. 29) and Incarnate Word (Oct. 1) to help the Roos to a 2-0 start in league play for the first time since the 2012 season. McWoods’ hat trick against the Vaqueros is the first for a Roo since the 2010 campaign and the third in the WAC this season. His 16 points and seven goals overall lead the conference.
The Roos battled to a 2-2 double overtime draw at Milwaukee (Sept. 12) to notch their third draw in three games. UMKC’s three draws so far this year is just one shy of tying the most in a single season by the program.
Errico earned WAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 4 after making a season-high seven saves en route to his third consecutive shutout against Rutgers (Sept. 3).
McWoods earned his first career WAC Offensive Player of the Week nod on Aug. 28 after finishing the two game series against Central Arkansas and Northwestern with eight shots, two goals, two assists and six points.
About the Huskies
Due to Hurricane Harvey, UMKC’s match at Houston Baptist will be the Huskies’ first home game of the 2017 season. The Huskies have dropped three of their last five matches, including a conference-opening set against UNLV and Grand Canyon. Houston Baptist is led on the pitch by Dominick Faletto and Malik Key, who each have a pair of goals for the Huskies this season.
UMKC will close its three-game road stretch with a pair of matches at Utah Valley (Oct. 12) and Seattle U (Oct. 14).
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