Oct. 18, 2013
Tato Chiaparro had a goal and an assist in leading the Kansas City men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Air Force Friday night at Durwood Stadium.
The ‘Roos (3-5-4, 2-1-1 WAC) controlled the first half with a 9-5 shot advantage and several scoring opportunities, and it got the game’s opening goal in the 21st minute. Guerrero Pino took the ball and passed to Chiaparro, who sliced inside the box and hit a right-footed shot from 16 yards out that curved around Air Force keeper Joey Speshock into the top right corner.
Kansas City took that lead into the half, but the second period was a much more even contest. Air Force came out strong, and generated several scoring chances on UMKC defensive miscues, but finally broke through with a goal at the 61 minute mark when junior Luke Villamaria sent a cross in from the right side that found fellow junior Matt Payne on the back post for a header goal past UMKC goalie Chris McGaughey. It was Payne’s first goal of the season and Villamaria’s first point of his career.
Kansas City answered just 1:39 later when Chiaparro beat a defender on the right side before sending it across on the ground across the six. An Air Force defender got a small deflection on it, but Jordan Rideout was there for the easy finish to make it 2-1.
McGaughey made six saves for UMKC, while Speshock had three for the Falcons. UMKC finished the night with a 15-13 shot advantage, with four each from Pino and Rideout. Air Force senior Brian Klazura led all players with six shots.
Air Force (1-9-1, 1-1-1 WAC) travels to Houston Baptist on Sunday at 1 p.m.