UMKC men’s soccer hosted Air Force for Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day. The Missouri National Guard had a cannon on display in Kangaroo Court. The eight seniors honored were Roberto Albuquerque, Didrik Rinde, Sylvester Yiadom, Rhys Cairns, Broc Cramer, Patrick Foley, Guerrero Pino and Matteo Barsalona.
It was a good finish to their athletic careers at UMKC, as the Kangaroos came away with a hard fought 1-0 victory.
The Falcons and ‘Roos were playing for a berth in the WAC Tournament. The Falcons had won two straight and were 4-4-1 in the WAC while the Kangaroos were defending a strong home record and looking to improve their 3-5-1 conference record to qualify for the tournament.
Goalkeeper Ryan Tome held the Falcons scoreless through the first half with three saves including a fancy stop on a Falcon header. Defender Kyle Findley also contributed well on defense.
Offensively, the Roos took five shots in the first half but failed to find the back of the net until a penalty kick with less than two minutes. Wes White fired a bullet that scored and the Kangaroos led 1-0 before intermission.
Henrik Regitnig played in-goal the second half and had an incredible save less than ten minutes in. UMKC was issued three yellow cards in the second half but maintained composure and did not allow a goal. In the 74th minute, a Falcon shot bounced off the cross-bar before Regitnig secured the ball. In the final two minutes of the game, a Falcon onslaught was desperately defended by the Roos.
The seniors were removed from the game for possibly the last time one-by-one, still unsure if they would play in the WAC Championship tourney.
The 1-0 victory kept the team alive for the postseason. The excitement for an opportunity to win the WAC Championship tourney was felt throughout the stadium.
It was the last game at Durwood Soccer Stadium before the Kangaroos play host for the WAC Championship Tournament. The tournament begins Nov. 12.