EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Missouri S&T's hopes of clinching a berth to the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament were put on hold Sunday afternoon, as Southern Indiana rallied in the final 20 minutes to upend the Miners 2-1.
The Miners would have locked up one of the top eight spots in the tournament field with a victory on Sunday, but now they will need to do on the final day of the season Wednesday when they host Wisconsin-Parkside.
Following Sunday's action, the Miners are tied with Drury for eighth place in the GLVC standings – S&T owns the tiebreaker over the Panthers due to its Oct. 7 win over Drury – but sit one-half ahead of Missouri-St. Louis and one-half game in back of USI.
While the Miners are hosting UW-Parkside in the 3:30 p.m. match at the S&T Soccer Field, Drury will be hosting Lewis, UMSL hosts Bellarmine and Southern Indiana has a home date Wednesday night with McKendree.
As for Sunday's game, the Miners and Screaming Eagles were scoreless in a tightly contested first half as the teams combined for only six shots and just three on goal. But in the 59th minute, the Miners broke the ice when Eric Ferenbach (Godfrey, IL/Alton) took a ball to the end line and sent it back to Ian Hansen (Springfield, MO/Kickapoo), who hit a shot to the far side of the goal to give S&T the lead.
Miner goalkeeper Aaron Hohenstein (St. Louis, MO/Lutheran South) kept the Miners in the lead by making a spectacular save on a head ball effort by Kyle Richardville in the 69th minute, but about two minutes later, Richardville sent a cross that Eric Ramirez headed in to knot the score at one.
Three minutes following the Ramirez goal, the Screaming Eagles took the lead when Riley Belding headed in a long throw-in by Drew Albert.
The Miners put pressure on USI over the final 15 minutes, getting four shots and four corner kick chances during that span and then just missing connections on a cross in the final seconds in an effort to score the game-tying goal.
Hohenstein made two saves in goal for S&T (7-6-2, 6-6-1 GLVC), who was outshot 13-12 by the Eagles (9-6, 7-6 GLVC).