Needing a win Sunday to keep itself in contention for a spot in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament, the S&T men's soccer team got that by posting their first-ever win over Wisconsin-Parkside with a 2-0 victory at the S&T Soccer Field.
The win by the Miners, now 7-7-2 overall and 6-6-2 in the GLVC, moved the Miners into eighth place in the GLVC Tournament race with only one game to play, which for S&T will be Wednesday night against Drury. The Miners moved past UW-Parkside and Truman State, who lost 1-0 at Illinois Springfield Sunday, into the final playoff spot.
S&T got off to a strong start Sunday and broke on top in the 22nd minute of play when David Zdvorak redirected Kramer Hall's corner kick inside the far post. The Miners would add to that lead a little over five minutes later when Ben Bartnicke sent a ball to a wide open Ben Emnett on the right wing; Emnett would put a shot by UWP goalkeeper Marcos Perez to give S&T a two-goal lead.
From there, the Miner defense and goalkeeper Matt Jackson would take care of matters as S&T recorded its fifth shutout of the season. Jackson made seven saves in goal for the Miners, including a stop on a point blank shot by Elliott Schultz shortly after the Zdvorak goal.
The Miners outshot UW-Parkside 12-8 in the first half and 16-12 for the game, while the Rangers (7-7-2, 6-7-1 GLVC) had a 5-4 edge in corner kick opportunities.
Sunday's win by the Miners was their first in 13 tries against the Rangers, as S&T had previously suffered eight losses and played to four ties against them.
Missouri S&T's contest with Drury Wednesday will get underway at 8:30 p.m.
Lewis 1, S&T 0
A late goal by Robert Zieba allowed 20th-ranked Lewis to escape the Missouri S&T Soccer Field with a victory Friday night.
Zieba got a pass around the top of the box and put a shot into the upper right corner of the net past S&T goalkeeper Matt Jackson with just 5:42 remaining in regulation time to break the scoreless deadlock.
In a game where the Flyers held a 15-9 advantage in shots, the Miners were unable to get a good scoring chance after the Zieba goal. Lewis moved to 10-1-4 overall and 9-1-3 in the GLVC.
S&T had two shots on net in the contest, one a head ball by Joe Macke in the first half that Lewis goalkeeper Ryan Pickett knocked over the crossbar and the other on a long shot by Gilberto Robayo in the second half.
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