UMKC falls short against Seattle University

The UMKC Men’s Soccer team fell just short against Seattle University on Friday night, with a score of 1-0.

In the first half, each team could not get anything going and the tempo of the game was scrappy and sloppy.

In the third minute, Seattle University almost capitalized on a cross, but the header slid over the crossbar.

UMKC did not create an opportunity until the 18th minute when the team strung passes together and nearly scored.

Other than that, the Roos were sloppy with their attack.

Toward the end of the first half, the Redhawks were given a free kick near midfield and almost scored on a cross that almost chipped the goalkeeper.

Although Seattle registered eight shots, UMKC’s defense buckled down and the game went into the half 0-0.

The second half was much of the same story for the Roos, as they still could not apply any pressure on Seattle’s defense. On the other hand, Seattle University produced chance.

The Redhawks struck first in the 49th minute on a scrappy goal that had everyone in the stands quiet and puzzled.

UMKC would not go down without a fight and the game turned into a chippy and hostile game.

There were a total of six cards given out to players and the UMKC bench became impatient with the officials after a few calls that were controversial.

In the 76th minute, the Roos were given a glimmer of hope when they received a free kick right on the edge of the box.

Senior Pandelis Popgeorgiev looked poised as he stood over the ball and hammered it toward the top-left corner. It looked like a sure-fire goal, but the Seattle goalkeeper dove and deflected the ball over the crossbar and out for a corner.

It was a devastating blow for the Roos who had been searching for a chance like that all night long.

Midfielder Henry Ramirez was issued a red card after an altercation with a Redhawks player with only 25-seconds remaining in the match. Seattle University finished with 15 shots on five corners, while the Roos only managed four shots and three corners.

The Roos would be handed a fifth straight loss, falling to 1-7 in the season.

laldpy@mail.umkc.edu

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