Saturday, January 16, 2021

Season ends for the men’s soccer team in the WAC Semifinals

The UMKC men’s soccer team’s season came to an end in the Western Athletic Conference semifinals after losing 3-0 to UNLV Friday night in Seattle.

Head Coach Rick Benben’s team finished the year with an overall record of 8-10-2 and won six out of their last eight matches. The ’Roos entered the WAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and advanced to the semifinals after defeating No. 5 seeded San Jose State 3-0 in the quarterfinal match on Thursday.

Before the WAC Tournament started, the conference announced that junior defender and team captain Guerrero Pino along with senior midfielder Tayna “Tato” Chiaparro would represent UMKC with second-team All-WAC accolades.

Two goals from Wes White and one from Chiaparro on Thursday helped the ’Roos earn a spot in the semifinals. Kansas City and the Rebels played to a scoreless draw for the first 44 minutes, but Chiaparro’s shot from outside the box curled in around SJSU’s goalkeeper inside the far post right before halftime.

No. 1 seed Las Vegas shattered Kansas City’s championship hopes after delivering a 3-0 win to the Kangaroos. The Rebels had a bye in the opening round after winning the WAC regular season title.

Kansas City controlled the match throughout the first 40 minutes until Julian Dragomir took a cross from a teammate inside the box and finished just inside the left post to take a 1-0 lead into the halftime break.

UNLV increased the lead in the 67th minute from the penalty kick spot after the referee called a foul near the endline on the left side. Kevin Partida converted to make it 2-0.

Finally, with less than seven minutes on the clock, defender Danny Musovski tallied the third goal of the night from about nine yards out to the inside left post, beating goalkeeper Chris McGaughey, who finished with six saves in the 83rd minute.

Kansas City came within one win of tying the school record for consecutive wins and produced the most victories in the program since 2010.


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