Late Goal Forces UIW Men to Settle for Draw

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UIW men got their first positive result of conference play this season as they managed a 1-1 draw against Missouri-Kansas City at Benson Stadium on Thursday evening. A goal in the final 20 minutes drew the Roos level, and they held on for the draw after two 10 minute halves of extra time.

The Cardinals were certainly the stronger side, as they had the bulk of the chances throughout the match. UIW led the shot count 17-8 but the shots on target count was three each, showing why the Cardinals were unable to get the win.

Most of those missed chances came not because of wayward shooting but rather because of strong defense from the Roos. UMKC defenders were consistently throwing themselves in to the way of the shots, meaning plenty of blocked shots by the Roos defense.

That was the trend through the whole first half as the Cardinals struggled to break through the Roos defense. The defending got more physical late in the half, which broke up UIW’s flow, keeping the match scoreless at half time.

The Cardinals came out from the break determined to get the goal, and 11 minutes in that goal finally came. Ben Conway was able to beat his defender and set up Ryan Osborne who just snuck the ball under the keeper for the opener.

UIW kept the control up, with chances coming throughout the second half as Conway looked the most likely for the Cardinals. Conway had the bulk of the shots, partially by being the set piece taker but he was unable to find a goal.

But in the 73rd minute UMKC was able to pull a goal back after Mirko Orchi’s original shot was blocked by the UIW defense. That saw the ball fall for Hamish Smylie who was able to easily bury it with the goalkeeper stranded to level it at one.

UIW had one last chance to get the win, in the 89th minute when they earned a late corner, which was swung in by Trinidad Luna. But with almost every player on the pitch in the box, there was too many bodies in there, allowing UMKC to clear the ball.

The trend of UIW dominating the possession and taking almost every shot continued throughout extra time. But the other trend, of the Roos defense stopping everything which came their way keeping the match 1-1 after two periods of extra time.

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