Kansas City men’s soccer struggles against SIU and Air Force

The Kansas City Roos lost a tough game to SIU Edwardsville 1-0 after a poor offensive performance at Durwood Stadium last week.  

The Roos failed to generate any offense and were shutout for the third time this season because of it. 

The game was highly physical throughout, as both teams accumulated a combined 28 fouls and a couple of yellow cards were issued to players on both teams. However, the Roos’ physicality cost them the game as one of their fouls led to a Cougar corner-kick goal in the 78th minute.

“It was another step forward for us,” Head Coach Rick Benben said. “We have a really young group, and I thought that the first half in particular they were really good.”

Benben thought SIU was the better team in the second half, but he was still satisfied with the team’s progress.

“We have to get ready to play Air Force on Saturday, so we’re back at it tomorrow and Thursday,” said Benben “So rest, a lot of rest, and recovery. We’ll be ready to go on Saturday.” 

Unfortunately for the Roos, their troubles continued with a 4-1 loss to Air Force.

Kansas City jumped out in front with a goal from freshman defender Dontell Gilyard, but Air Force scored an equalizer just before halftime. 

Air Force carried this momentum into the second half, scoring three goals in a span of just over five minutes. 

“A crazy five minutes of poor defending did us in during the second half,” said Beben. “We had lots of good play and just have to lick our wounds and be ready for next weekend traveling to San Jose State Friday and Seattle on Sunday.”  

Following these road contests, the Roos return home with a match against Incarnate Wood on Oct. 11. 

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