Liberty, Mo. — The UMKC men’s soccer team took an early lead in its second exhibition match and never looked back as they rolled to a 4-1 win over Willam Jewell. The Kangaroos were awarded three penalty kicks in the match, converting two of the three.
Diego Rojas capitalized on a pair of deflections for the Kangaroos’ first goal, but the strike came at the end of a nice buildup. Miguel Rodrigues flighted a nice ball over the Jewell midfield to find Brian Harris, who dribbled toward the left corner. A cross into the center took a slight hop off a Cardinal defender before falling to Rojas who one-timed it through a crowd and into the net.
Rojas would set up the second Kangaroo goal as well, streaking down the left side to collect a long ball from the midfield. As the freshman cut back to set for a cross, he was tripped up just inside the edge of the penalty area. On the ensuing spot kick, Bryan Perez’ effort was read well by the Jewell keeper, but the junior made no mistake with the rebound.
In the 58th minute, John Bayron Sosa gave the Kangaroos a 3-0 lead, converting the second UMKC penalty kick of the match. Harris was streaking along the right side of the area with a full stride on his marker, but was pushed down from behind on the edge of the box. Sosa coolly chipped the ball to the opposite side of the goal from the diving Cardinal goalkeeper.
Jewell capitalized on a miscue from UMKC in the 67th minute to pull a goal back. Ricardo Guerra mishit an attempted clearance over the left touchline to give up a throw-in 20 yards from goal. The Cardinal attacker collected the ball from just off the endline, dribbled into space and hit a shot that eluded the outstretched arms of Guerra.
In the 82nd minute, the Kangaroos were awarded their third penalty kick of the evening, as Rojas was hauled down from behind after a nifty through ball from Perez. Chris Markey stepped to the spot for the Blue-and-Gold and buried his effort straight down the pipe to restore the three-goal cushion.
Jewell had one chance in the dying moments of the game to pull a second goal back, but UMKC held on for the 4-1 win. The Kangaroos will close out their preseason schedule on Sunday morning with a match against the Kansas City Wizards reserves. The game is set for a 10 a.m. kickoff at Swope Park.