Kansas, City, Mo. – Sophomore striker Rory Knibbs scored in the 68th minute as the San José State men’s soccer team earned a 1-1 decision in Western Athletic Conference action at Missouri-Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
The Spartans (3-7-1, 1-1-1 WAC) out shot the UMKC Kangaroos 18-to-14 in 110 minutes of action, led by seven attempts from Knibbs. Greg Harte, who scored twice against Air Force on Friday, got off four shots on Sunday. Uriel Ayala and Ruben Want each took two shots and Johnathan Colunga, Dylan West and Enrique Montano got off one shot apiece.
UMKC (2-7-2, 0-2-1 WAC) struck with a goal in the 45th minute from Nick Cramer and took that 1-0 advantage into half time.
The Spartans out shot the ‘Roos 5-to-4 in the first 45 minutes, but turned up the pressure in the second half to the tune of a 10-to-5 advantage.
Knibbs’ tally, the equalizer, came after he picked up a deflected ball from a defenders attempted tackle and shot it home from 14 yards out. It was his seventh goal of the season and third in two games this weekend.
Felix Petermann made two saves in the match and moved his record to 2-4-1 for the year.
With its 5-1 win at Air Force on Friday night and Sunday’s 1-1 draw at UMKC, the Spartans complete their first unbeaten weekend of conference soccer since back-to-back 2-1 wins at CSU Bakersfield and UNLV in the 2012 season.
San José State returns home, to Spartan Soccer Field, for their next three games with the first on Friday, October 17, at 12:00 p.m. against Houston Baptist.
San Jose State (3-7-1, 1-1-1 WAC) vs. UMKC (2-7-2, 0-2-1 WAC)
Date: 10/12/2014 Attendance: 225
Goals by period 1 2 OT O2 Tot
San Jose State...... 0 1 0 0 - 1
UMKC................ 1 0 0 0 - 1
1. 44:32 UMKC Cramer, Nick (Cronin, Darby) - Header from 12 out off a cross from a fr
2. 67:38 SJSU Knibbs, Rory (unassisted) - Got rebound off of defender tackle, and
Shots: San Jose State 18, UMKC 14
Saves: San Jose State 2 (Petermann, Felix 2), UMKC 5 (McGaughey, Chris