Double Conference Wins for Men’s Soccer Team

Dan Moreno

The Kangaroos successfully defeated both Air Force and Grand Canyon University in crucial conference matches this weekend.

The Roos’ won 2-1 against Air Force on Oct. 18 for their first home win of the season.  It was a great night for junior Tato Chiaparro who had one goal and one assist.

The low temperature did not keep either team from playing a good game. The first goal was scored in the 21st minute when Chiaparro put the ball in the top right corner after an assist from senior Guerrero Pino.

In the 61st minute Air Force striker Matt Payne scored with an equalizer that UMKC’s goalkeeper Chris McGaughey was unable to save.  The Roos’ answered quickly as junior Jordan Rideout made it 2-1.

This was Rideout’s sixth goal of the season and his 20th goal as a Kangaroo.

Sunday afternoon the Roos’ took on the Grand Canyon ‘Lopes and extended their unbeaten streak to four games. The final score was 2-0.

After a scoreless first half, Coach Benben’s team found the back of the net in the 71st minute.  Freshman Clay Stewart crossed a ball to senior striker Alioune Gueye,. Gueye then scored his first goal of the season and his UMKC career.

The ‘Lopes put pressure on the Kangaroos but were unable to tie the game.   Senior midfielder Tom McCarthy increased the lead when he shot a ball to the bottom left corner and scored his first of the season in the 82nd minute assisted by Chiaparro.

UMKC now stands with an overall record of 4-5-4, 3-1 WAC. Next up, they’ll head to “Sin City” this weekend to face UNLV at Las Vegas, Nev. Two days later, they’ll head to Bakersfield Cal., to face the Roadrunners.