Billikens Rally Late but Fall Short
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis scored a pair of unanswered goals to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 3-2 contest, but was unable to notch the equalizer and fell 3-2 Saturday to Memphis in a men's soccer exhibition game at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.
After Memphis scored the first three goals of the game, the Billikens were in control for much of the second half and got goals from Khalil Karl and Alex Sweetin to make it exciting at the end.
"The end result is disappointing, but if you look at with the glass half full, nobody gave up on each other and the guys worked hard and created a number of really good looks in the second half," SLU head coach Mike McGinty said. "The difficult thing to take in is that you just cannot give up three goals to anybody. I would have liked to have had a better start than we did. They had three shots and they scored on each of them. I don't think that will happen like that every week, but we have to start sharper."
Chandler Gagnon, Mark Sherrod and Benjamin Ciosanski all tallied to give Memphis a 3-0 advantage. The Billikens got on the board at the 37:24 mark when Karl buried a Raymond Lee pass. Sweetin made it 3-2 in the 70th minute when he finished a Jon Roeckle pass.
The Billikens out-shot Memphis 11-6 and owned a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
It was the final of three exhibition games for the Bills. Next week, SLU officially opens the 2012 campaign against No. 12 Indiana on Friday, Aug. 24. Game time at Hermann Stadium is set for 7 p.m.
"All three games this exhibition season put us in different situations and gave us different tests," McGinty said. "All in all, I feel like we have a really good group heading into the IU match."