Alex Sweetin Scores Twice, Bills Upend Evansville
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis knocked off previously undefeated Evansville 4-1 Saturday night in non-conference men's soccer action at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.
SLU junior midfielder Alex Sweetin scored twice, including the game winner, and junior forward Adnan Gabeljic and junior defender Jon Roeckle also scored to lift the Billikens' record to 4-2 overall. Evansville dips to 4-1.
"I thought we did well," SLU head coach Mike McGinty said. "Evansville is a good team, they were undefeated for a reason. I thought if we got to halftime 1-0 instead of 1-1, we could have made it much easier on ourselves. But the guys did a good job continuing to pressure, and that got us our goals. It was a big win for us."
SLU got on the board in the sixth minute on the first goal by Sweetin, but not before a nice buildup out of the back. Dante Brangman played the ball ahead to Roeckle on the left flank. Roeckle whipped a ball into the box that found Kristo. He laid it off for Sweetin, who fired from the top of the box. The diving Evansville keeper got his gloves on it, but the momentum carried the ball over the line to give the Billikens a 1-0 advantage.
Evansville equalized in the 35th minute on a set piece. Faik Hajderovic sent in a free kick from distance that was headed in by Brandon Causey to make it a 1-1 game, a score that would remain at halftime.
Sweetin tallied the game winner on a penalty kick. Gabeljic worked to get the ball into the box, and sent it to Kingsley Bryce, who was tripped by the Evansville keeper. Sweetin converted the subsequent penalty kick for the eventual game winner.
Gabeljic added a goal in the 64th minute. Nick Maglasang slotted a diagonal ball through the box that found Gabeljic, who finished for his team-leading third goal of the season.
Jon Roeckle completed the scoring when he buried a penalty kick in the 73rd minute. The free chance was set up when Maglasang was fouled in the box.
SLU outshot Evansville 14-7 and had a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Nick Shackelford made three saves for the Bills.
SLU returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Omaha to face nationally ranked Creighton. The next game at Hermann Stadium is Saturday, Sept. 29, when Central Arkansas comes to town for Homecoming. The traditional fireworks display will take place at halftime.
Prior to the match, America SCORES will participate in a nationwide attempt to break the Guiness World Record for number of people dribbling a soccer ball. For more information, visit www.americascores.org/soccerdribble.