KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Playing in a venue where it had never previously posted a victory, Missouri S&T's men's soccer team stunned Rockhurst Sunday in the opening round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament by knocking off the top-seeded Hawks 3-2 in overtime.
David Murphy (Naperville, IL/Naperville Central) scored 8:25 into overtime to send the Miners (8-6-3) into the GLVC semifinals for the second time in three years, where it will face fourth-seeded Indianapolis Friday at Carroll Stadium on the campus of IUPUI at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time. The win was the first for an eighth-seeded team in the GLVC Tournament since 2010.
S&T's win also ended a two-year run as conference champions by the Hawks (13-2-2), the eighth-ranked team in the United Soccer Coaches poll in NCAA Division II and snapped an 0-18 mark Miner teams held at Rockhurst since the program began in 1979.
The Hawks struck first after only 80 seconds had elapsed, as Kaleb Jackson hit a shot from 15 yards away into the upper corner past S&T goalkeeper Aaron Hohenstein (St. Louis, MO/Lutheran South).
The Miners did outshoot the Hawks 9-8 in the first half, but only had one of the nine shots go on goal. But S&T's second shot on goal, which came in the 59th minute, tied the game.
Felipe Andrade (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/) got a pass from Murphy, took the ball into the box and chipped it over Hawk goalkeeper Logan Feldmann to tie up the contest, then the Miners struck again just under three minutes later when Tyler Sivadon (Spring, TX/Concordia Lutheran) headed in Murphy's corner kick to give S&T a 2-1 lead with 28:26 to play. Sivadon's goal marked just the second time this season that a team had scored two goals against the Hawks in a game.
However, the Hawks came right back and tied the score in the 69th minute when Ben McDonald headed a shot by Hohenstein, then had the bulk of the chances to take the lead during the balance of regulation time. Hohenstein made a couple of key saves, including one on a head ball attempt by Adam Michel in the 81st minute.
The Miners had two shots on goal in the 15 minutes of regulation, a head ball attempt by Ian Hansen(Springfield, MO/Kickapoo) and a shot by Andrade from in close that Feldmann stopped.
Rockhurst had the run of play early in the overtime period, but the Miners began to turn the tide about six minutes into the period. Moments after Will McIntyre (Queenstown, New Zealand/) had a shot blocked, S&T got the ball back deep into the Hawks' end of the field where Andrade dribbled into the box and slipped a pass off to Murphy, who hit into the far right corner to end the game.
The Hawks outshot the Miners 23-20 in the game, with Hohenstein being credited with 10 saves to help the Miners win a road game in the conference tournament for the first time ever.