ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis recorded a 4-1 victory over Central Arkansas Saturday night in front of a Homecoming crowd of 4,152 at Robert R. Hermann Stadium.
The win lifts SLU to 5-2 overall, while Central Arkansas dips to 4-5.
“It was a good result,” SLU head coach Mike McGinty said. “We need to be a little more disciplined after halftime, but the reaction after they scored was great. It was a great crowd tonight, I hope they leave excited and happy about the team. We wanted to get them in the game – they make a big difference. We’ve been on the road for four of our first six games, so getting back into Hermann made a big difference.”
The Billikens got on the board in the 22nd minute when senior midfielder Alex Sweetin converted a penalty kick. It was the second consecutive game Sweetin buried a PK.
SLU carried the 1-0 advantage into halftime, with the Bills holding a 7-0 advantage in shots at the break.
Central Arkansas scored in the 55th minute on its first shot of the contest. Logan Miller and Wes Carson played a nifty give-and-go, and Miller carried the ball in on a semi-breakaway and put one over the goal line to make it 1-1.
Just 50 seconds later, the Billikens regained the lead, one they would not relinquish. Sophomore midfielder Franciso Vizcaino played a ball to the near post for Robert Kristo, who tapped it past UCA keeper Paxti Shortsleeve to make it 2-1 Billikens.
SLU benefitted from a UCA own goal in the 67th minute. SLU sophomore midfielder David Graydon did good work to create space in the middle, and he sent it to junior forward Kingsley Bryce on the right side. Bryce’s cross was redirected into the net by a UCA defender, giving SLU a 3-1 cushion.
Senior forward Adnan Gabeljic completed the scoring in the 88th minute. He collected the ball on the left side and carried to the top of the box, rifling a shot past Shortsleeve for the 4-1 final.
SLU outshot Central Arkansas 15-9. Sweetin got off a team-high four shots, while Gabeljic had three.
The Billikens are back in action Wednesday, Oct. 2, when they face nationally ranked Creighton (5-1-2) at Hermann Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.