LEBANON, Ill. – For the fourth straight season, Missouri S&T found some late game magic to take a victory over McKendree, as the Miners got a goal from Ian Hansen (Springfield, MO/Kickapoo) in overtime Friday night to get a 3-2 Great Lakes Valley Conference win over the Bearcats.
Following a Miner corner kick in the 99th minute of play, Hansen -- who had just re-entered the game prior to the corner -- got to a ball that got popped up into the box and with Bearcat goalkeeper Ian Bender in the vicinity, headed it past him for the victory to improve S&T's standing in a tight race for one of the final playoff spots in the GLVC.
The Bearcats struck first in the 29th minute, as Prince Kabadeh took a cross from Javier Soto Neira and beat S&T goalkeeper Aaron Hohenstein (St. Louis, MO/Lutheran South) to give McKendree a lead it would carry to the half. The Miners did outshoot the Bearcats by an 8-6 margin in the first 45 minutes of play.
S&T drew even in the 68th minute when Unnar Ulfarsson (Gardabaer, Iceland/Fjolnir Reykjavik) – who scored the game-winning goal against McKendree on a free kick late in last season's contest – put home a free kick from about 30 yards away. Ulfarsson's free kick hit the underside of the crossbar and fell across the goal line.
However, the Bearcats regained the lead just over two minutes later when James Stone converted a penalty kick, but S&T got one of its own a short time later and Felipe Andrade (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/)made it to knot the contest at two.
Ulfarsson had another chance to score when the Miners had a break with just under five minutes remaining in regulation time, but hit his shot just over the top of the net. A couple of minutes later, Stone got free at the other end but hit his shot wide.
Before regulation time ended, Fredrik Hansen had a point blank chance that Hohenstein went in the air to turn away.
Prior to Hansen's goal, the Miners had the best scoring chance in overtime – a shot by Andrade that was stopped by Bender that led to the corner kick that eventually decided the contest.
The Miners (7-5-2, 6-5-1 GLVC) outshot the Bearcats (2-12, 0-12 GLVC) by a 21-17 margin, with Hohenstein being credited with five saves.
Friday's win leaves the Miners in a tie for seventh in the GLVC standings with Drury, whose 3-2 loss at Southern Indiana kept USI within one-half game of S&T heading into Sunday's 2:30 match between the Miners and Screaming Eagles in Evansville, Ind. Missouri S&T could potentially clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday.