Men's Soccer Set to Close Nonconference Play at Drake
UMKC Athletics 9-21-2017
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DES MOINES, Iowa – The UMKC men’s soccer team (2-2-3) will close the nonconference portion of the 2017 slate on Saturday when it travels to Drake (2-6) for a 7 p.m. CT tilt with the Bulldogs.


Live stats will be available for fans to follow during Saturday’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 through The Valley on ESPN3.

About the Roos

The 2017 season marks the 20th under the direction of Rick Benben. UMKC boasts a 34-26-6 (.561) 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-four in the Western Athletic Conference in several categories, including shots (86), points (27), goals (10) and shutouts (3). The Roos are first in saves (36), as starting goalkeeper Filippo Errico (Verona, Italy) has the fourth best goals against average (0.91) in the league, allowing just seven goals on the season.

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), which currently ranks in a tie for the sixth-most in a single season by a Roo in UMKC program history.

Senior Eric McWoods (St. Louis, Mo.) was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 28 after finishing the two game series against Central Arkansas and Northwestern with eight shots, two goals, two assists and a conference-leading six points.

The Roos 2-0 victory over Northwestern (Aug. 27) marked the first time that the program has captured a win over a Big Ten opponent in school history.

About the Bulldogs

Drake and UMKC have played each other every season since the 2001 campaign with the Bulldogs holding an 11-4-1 advantage during that time. Entering Saturday’s match, the Bulldogs have won two of their last three games, securing victories at Green Bay and Western Illinois. Drake has been unable to win a match at its home facility this season, dropping games to Western Michigan and Valparaiso.

Up Next

UMKC will return to Durwood Soccer Stadium to open league play when it hosts UT Rio Grande Valley (Sept. 29) and Incarnate Word (Oct. 1) as a part of men’s soccer alumni weekend.

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