Miners cruise in 6-0 shutout of Southwest Baptist in GLVC-MIAA Classic.
Slow starts plagued Missouri S&T's men's soccer team during its pre-season, but you wouldn't have known it by the way the Miners came out of the gate in Saturday's season opener against Southwest Baptist.
S&T put four goals on the scoreboard in the first 45 minutes of play and cruised to a 6-0 win over the Bearcats at the S&T Soccer Field in the second game of the GLVC-MIAA Classic. The six goals were the most scored by the Miners in a season opener since 1989, when S&T beat Valparaiso 7-1.
It took the Miners just over 15 minutes to get on the board, as Carlos Gomez got control of the ball, worked his way through the defense and sent a shot from the top of the box past goalkeeper Austin Haywood. Bryce Phillips then scored the first of his two goals on the night, taking a cross-field pass from Ryan Lawhead and ripping a shot into the center of the net with 28:13 gone to make it 2-0.
S&T added two more goals in the final five minutes of the opening half, the first from David Zvdorak as he headed in a Lawhead cross at the 40:10 mark, then Alex Reifschneider ran down a long lead pass from Neil Wiaranowski and put it by Haywood with a little under two minutes to go in the half to give S&T its 4-0 halftime advantage.
Reifschneider scored again midway through the second half off an assist from Kramer Hall, then Phillips scored his second goal off a back pass from Brody Bouillon to close the scoring the final two minutes of the contest.
S&T outshot the Bearcats 16-11 for the game, as Matt Jackson turned away all six shots on goal to record the shutout – the third in a row for the Miners in a season opener.
In the other game in the GLVC-MIAA Classic Saturday, Lindenwood rallied for a 2-1 win over Missouri-St. Louis.