ROLLA, Mo. – Felipe Andrade (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/) scored three times Wednesday afternoon, becoming the first Miner in 11 seasons to record a hat trick, but it was the last of those goals that put the Missouri S&T's men's soccer team into the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
Andrade's third goal with just over 15 minutes remaining in the second half allowed the Miners to tie up Wisconsin-Parkside in a physical, yet wide open affair that ended up in a 4-4 tie at the S&T Soccer Field. The tie put the Miners into the conference tournament – which begins Sunday – as they won the tiebreaker over Drury for the eighth and final playoff spot after the Panthers also played to a tie Wednesday afternoon with Lewis.
The Miners, who finished at 6-6-2 in GLVC play and are 7-6-3 on the season, will open play in the tournament Sunday against top-seeded Rockhurst at 1 p.m.
Andrade put the Miners into the lead just under two minutes into play when he got a pass from Riley Windsor (Delaware, OH/Worthington Christian) and ripped a shot past UWP goalkeeper Nate Kitchell. He struck again in the 11th minute – after the Rangers tied the game on a goal by Lexi Prpa in the eighth minute – when he got a through ball from David Murphy (Naperville, IL/Naperville Central) and beat Kitchell to make it 2-1.
However, in the 24th minute, Hohenstein lost a free ball to Abraham Kenneh and it ended up on the foot of Vic Vera, who shot it into an open goal to tie the contest.
S&T got the lead back in the final minute of the first half, as following a Miner corner kick that the Rangers tried to clear, Trey Haman (St. Louis, MO/St. Louis University HS) got the ball at his feet and he rifled a shot from the top of the box into the back of the net to give S&T a 3-2 lead it would take to the intermission.
The Rangers (5-9-2, 5-7-2 GLVC), who were playing in their final game as a member of the GLVC Wednesday, scored the first two goals of the second half to take the lead. Prpa tied the game with a goal in the 59th minute, then Jorge Garcia put UWP ahead for the first time when he pounced on a rebound after Hohenstein stopped a shot by Prpa and scored.
But just over four minutes later, Will McIntyre (Queenstown, New Zealand/) sprung Andrade on a breakaway and he beat Kitchell for his third goal of the day and giving him 27 in his career at S&T, moving him into third place on the school's all-time list. He also reached third on the career point list at the school with 67 following his three-goal effort.
Andrade's hat trick was the first by a Miner since Andy Held recorded three in a 2006 win over Kentucky Wesleyan.
After the eight goals were scored in the first 75 minutes – the first game S&T has been involved in which at least eight goals were scored since 2002 – neither team could find the net over the final 15 minutes of regulation time or two overtime periods.
Both teams had 24 shots attempts, with the Rangers having 12 on goal to S&T's 10. Hohenstein made eight saves in goal for the Miners.