KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The UMKC men’s soccer team (5-9-3, 3-6 WAC) will host nationally-ranked opponent and conference foe Air Force (13-1-3, 7-0-2 WAC) on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT for the Western Athletic Conference regular-season finale.
At halftime of the match, UMKC’s four seniors – Chris Betancourt (Weston, Fla.), Nick Cramer (Wichita, Kan.), Eddie Howe (St. Louis, Mo.) and Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.) – will be recognized for their contributions to the program.
Live stats will be available for fans to follow during UMKC’s match, while in-game updates will also be provided for fans through the team’s Twitter account. Fans can stream live video of each game for free through the WAC Digital Network.
About the Roos
The 2017 season marks the 20th under the direction of Rick Benben. UMKC boasts a 37-27-6 (.571) 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 shots taken (197), goals (25) and shutouts (4). The Roos are third in saves (79), as starting goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) has tabulated the fourth-most saves per game (4.41) in the league.
The Roos have tacked on at least one goal on the board in 10-consecutive games, which matches the longest streak of its kind since UMKC scored in 10-straight contests during the 2008 season.
In UMKC’s 2-1 victory over Grand Canyon (Oct. 20), Errico collected a season and career high nine saves in the net for the Roos. Despite falling 3-1 to UNLV (Oct. 22), the match marked the eighth straight that UMKC has tacked at least one goal on the board, which is the longest stream of its kind since the Roos scored in 10-consecutive contests during the 2008 season.
Junior forward Pandelis Popgeorgiev (Budapest, Hungary) led the offensive charge for the Roos in UMKC’s 3-1 loss at Houston Baptist (Oct. 5), as his nine shots fell one shot shy of the program record and tied for second-most in a single game in school history. A total of nine Roos combined for a season-high 29 shots in the game – just four shy of a conference match record in the WAC.
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 fourth in the WAC this season. His 17 points and seven goals overall ranks second in 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 Falcons
Air Force currently boasts the top win-loss-tie percentage in the conference (0.853); a mark that ranks the squad fourth-best in the nation. The Falcons are ranked ninth in the Soccer America Top 25, 14th in both the College Soccer News Top 30 and United Soccer Coaches Top 25 and 18th in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 25. Air Force is 20th in the latest RPI rankings released by the NCAA. Senior goalkeeper John Wendt remains one of the nation’s best, as he leads the WAC with a 0.631 goals against average.
To earn a spot in the WAC Tournament, the Roos must secure a result against the Falcons this weekend. With a win, Utah Valley and UT Rio Grande Valley must lose or draw to keep UMKC’s postseason hopes alive. The Roos hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Incarnate Word and UT Rio Grande Valley.
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