PARKVILLE, Mo. - The Park men's soccer program celebrated a new era with the debut of its developmental team on Wednesday, August 23 in a 2-0 loss to Kansas Christian at Julian Field.
For the first time in program history, head coach Efrem Shimlis will be able to field a developmental team that will allow younger players as well as new members to the program a chance to acclimate to college soccer.
The Pirates enjoyed the majority of the possession in the early stages of the match, moving the ball from side to side as they searched for an opening. Despite some forays deep into the Falcons area, the Pirates were unable to find an early goal.
The first tally of the game came at 34:13 when Stephen Castaneda got in behind the Park defense and was fouled in the area. He stepped to the spot and converted the penalty kick for a 1-0 lead for the visitors.
A lengthy free kick at 62:25 doubled the lead for Kansas Christian as Luis Hinojos netted a 35-yard strike into the top left corner of the Park goal. The Pirates had a number of chances off corner kicks in the second half, but were unable to find the inaugural goal for the developmental team.
The varsity team opens the 2017 regular season this Sunday, August 27 at Julian Field against Central Methodist University at 1 p.m. The developmental team will play its first road game on Tuesday, August 29 against MCC-Blue River at Bingham Middle School in Independence at 7 p.m.