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Player of the Week: Mo Ramahi

Mo Ramahi netted the opening goal as the Roos beat Eastern Illinois, 3-1.
Mo Ramahi netted the opening goal as the Roos beat Eastern Illinois, 3-1.

Junior midfielder Mo Ramahi made his impression on the men’s soccer program on Oct. 15, when he scored his first career goal as a Kangaroo against Eastern Illinois.

The biology major raced down the left side of the field at Durwood Soccer Stadium in spectacular form to place the ball in the back of the net.

It was a great opening by the talented newcomer, as he set the tone for the team in a victory against the Panthers. UMKC ultimately ended the game with a 3-1 win, tallying its highest scoring mark of the season.

The former William Jewell College standout has appeared in 12 games for the Roos thus far, gaining three points with one goal and one assist. (Soccer rules attribute players two points for goals, while assists are given a single point).

Ramahi has made the most of his first season, by showcasing flashes of potential in games early in the schedule. He nearly scored on two other occasions in prior weeks.

Ramahi transferred to UMKC this year with the intention of helping the program maintain its success as a premier program in the Summit League Conference.

In his final season at William Jewell College, he scored nine goals and recorded five assists, leading the team to a third-place finish at the NAIA National Championship. His play was impressive enough to earn him second-team honors in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

As a freshman, he was named the 2009 Newcomer of the Year by the team.

From 2007-10, he polished his talent tremendously as a member of multiple championship- caliber clubs, including a stint with the KC Wizards Juniors team. The team was Kansas state champions from 2008 through 2010.

He also played for KCFC Alliance, which was the Kansas state champions from 2005-07. As a member of the Kansas ODP team for four years, Ramahi led the team to a Region II championship.

The Overland Park native’s high school career was characterized by steady progression. Following his senior season at Blue Valley High School, he was named team captain as a senior. Thereafter, he was named all-state first team, all-metro first team, all-Sun Country first team and all-star Johnson County first team. He also earned the BVHS Golden Boot award. His career was remarkable enough to gain induction into the BVHS Hall of Fame in Jan. 2011.

Ramahi is expected to help the team in its bid for a Summit League Conference Championship, as the championship tournament begins in two weeks.

ltrigg@unews.com

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