ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T held the run of play for much of the day and had the advantage in shots in Sunday afternoon's men's soccer contest with Upper Iowa, but the Peacocks ended up with the victory as they edged the Miners 2-1 at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.
The Miners (0-3) outshot Upper Iowa (1-1-2) 14-9 overall and had six shots on net compared to five for UIU, but the visitors were able to make two first half goals stand up.
Upper Iowa got on the scoreboard first in the seventh minute of play when Tate Lofdahl got a pass from Italo Martins Soares and hit a shot by S&T goalkeeper Nick Posey (Edwardsville, IL/Edwardsville) that caromed off the far post and rolled into the net.
Following that goal, the Miners started putting pressure on the Peacocks to create some scoring opportunities and drew even in the 32nd minute as Will McIntyre (Queenstown, New Zealand/) played a ball to Unnar Ulfarrsson, who then put a shot past Nikolai Gogal to tie the game at one.
Ulfarsson's goal ended Upper Iowa's string of 239 consecutive minutes without allowing a goal, as the Peacocks had played in back-to-back scoreless ties following a season-opening loss to Wisconsin-Parkside.
However, UIU answered right back just over two minutes later when Dylan Mientus got his head on Lofdahl's pass from the wing and scored to put his team back into the lead.
The Miners had an 8-4 advantage in shots in the second half of the contest and had two on goal, but were unable to pick up the equalizer in their final non-conference contest of the season.
Missouri S&T opens Great Lakes Valley Conference play Friday when it hosts Bellarmine at 7:30 p.m. at the S&T Soccer Field.