UMKC Falls Short to UNLV

With a competitive game heading into the second half, UMKC Men’s Soccer came short to a UNLV squad 1-0 on Friday night.

The Roos were able to hold the Rebels in check in the first half, only allowing four shots.

UMKC controlled possession well and stymied the Rebels who had a tough time creating chances against UMKC’s stout defense.

However, it was a struggle for the Roos to generate scoring opportunities. Although the defense for the Roos was sound, the Rebels continued to nail away at UMKC’s defense toward the end of the first half.

It did not take long for the Rebels to strike first in the second half as they scored in the 47th minute on a shot that appeared to be a cross.

Unfortunately for the Roos, they were expecting a UNLV head to hit the ball and instead, the ball bounced into the bottom left corner of the goal.

The Roos almost made the Rebels regret that miss, as they paved their way through the Rebel’s defense and Diego Serfaty sent a low-driven cross into the box that found Pandelis Popgeorgiev, who was unable to put the ball into the back of the net.

In the 82nd minute, UNLV was on a counter attack and forward Tyler Allen appeared to be dragged down by a UMKC defender on the right side of the box. Trying to walk over the defender, Allen unintentionally stepped on the defender’s leg and received a red card.

This gave UMKC an advantage as they had one more player on the field than the Rebels.

The Roos were still in the game and in the 89th minute. They almost equalized the game when Christian Anderaos won a tackle by midfield.

UMKC would continue to push forward, but it was too late.

The Roos will look to bounce back from a narrow loss when they host Grand Canyon on Sept. 21 at Durwood Stadium.

laldpy@mail.umkc.edu

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