The Missouri S&T men’s soccer team hosted Maryville and UMLS over the weekend for a pair of GLVC matches over the weekend. The Miners fell to Maryville 2-1 on Friday, Oct. 13, before playing to a 2-2 tie against UMSL on Sunday.
Missouri S&T was unable to hang onto a one-goal lead in the second half Friday evening as Maryville rallied to knock off the Miners 2-1 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match at the S&T Soccer Field.
The Miners, who lost for just the second time in their last seven contests, took the initial lead in the game in the 14th minute. Felipe Andrade (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/) got a lead pass from Ian Hansen (Springfield, MO/Kickapoo), took the ball down the left side of the field and sent a cross to David Murphy (Naperville, IL/Naperville Central), who buried a shot by Saint goalkeeper Christian Kjaersgaard.
S&T was able to hang onto that advantage into the intermission in a tightly contested first half, but Maryville knotted the game up in the 57th minute when Joergen Pettersen sent a cross that went to JD Sohn on the opposite side of the net and he beat S&T goalie Aaron Hohenstein (St. Louis, MO/Lutheran South).
Both sides had opportunities over the next several minutes to break the tie before the Saints were able to do so in the 72nd minute. Nathan Schilly sent a cross from the deep right corner to the middle of the box, where Vittorio Sasso scored to give Maryville the 2-1 lead.
The Miners had one shot on goal after Maryville's go-ahead tally, but Kjaersgaard turned away that attempt by Trey Haman (St. Louis, MO/St. Louis University HS) in the 81st minute. S&T had three other attempts that were off the mark as well as three corner kick opportunites.
Maryville (9-2-2, 7-2-2 GLVC), who received votes in this week's United Soccer Coaches Division II poll, outshot S&T 18-16 in the game. Hohenstein was credited with eight saves for the Miners (6-5-1, 5-5 GLVC).
Felipe Andrade (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/), one of five Miner seniors honored prior to Sunday's Great Lakes Valley Conference match with Missouri-St. Louis, scored on a penalty kick in the final minute of regulation time and Missouri S&T salvaged a 2-2 tie with the Tritons at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.
The Miners were awarded the penalty kick opportunity after a foul was called in front of the net on the Tritons with 48 seconds showing on the clock. Andrade converted the chance to knot the score, then the teams played through two overtime periods without another goal being scored.
S&T had the best scoring chance in the early moments of overtime, as Mark Poindexter (Raymore, MO/Raymore-Peculiar) hit a shot off the goal post and Trey Haman (St. Louis, MO/St. Louis University HS)'s effort to score on the rebound went just wide of the net.
The Miners got on the scoreboard first in the third minute of action when David Murphy (Naperville, IL/Naperville Central) scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season on a shot from 18 yards away on the wing off an assist from Unnar Ulfarsson (Gardabaer, Iceland/Fjolnir Reykjavik).
UMSL tied the game in the 17th minute when Pat Ries scored on a breakaway, then the game remained tied until the 81st minute when Ries struck again, this time after getting a lead pass from Nick Harper and cutting across the field to hit a long shot that beat S&T goalkeeper Aaron Hohenstein(St. Louis, MO/Lutheran South).
The Tritons (5-6-3, 5-5-2 GLVC) outshot the Miners (6-5-2, 5-5-1 GLVC) 14-13 in the game; Hohenstein finished with five saves for S&T.
The tie leaves the Miners alone in eighth place in the GLVC standings with three games remaining on the schedule; the top eight teams will qualify for the conference tournament. Missouri S&T will play its next two games away from home, beginning with Friday's 7:30 p.m. match against McKendree in Lebanon, Ill., prior to a critical showdown next Sunday at Southern Indiana.
S&T will close its regular season slate at home Oct. 25 against Wisconsin-Parkside.