Men’s soccer handed frst A-10 loss

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The Billikens suffered a tough loss and a flaw in their perfect Atlantic 10 Conference record on Oct. 29 when they lost 2-1 in double overtime against Fordham.

The match had a slow start, with the Rams registering four shots and the Billikens only firing one. The game was tied, 0-0, going into half.

SLU and Fordham started the second half much the same, but senior midfielder Joe Saad found the back of the net in the 63rd minute. Sophomore forward Anthony Brown beat a defender on the flank, sent in a lofted ball to the back post, and junior forward Grant Owens headed the ball into free space. Saad beat a Fordham defender to a clear, and slammed a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to give SLU a 1-0 lead.

Fordham made it clear they were not going to go down easily. They had 11 shots in the second half alone, and in the 85th minute, a Fordham forward headed the ball off the crossbar only to spin over the goal line to tie the match, 1-1.

Saint Louis remained calm going into extra time, as a tie would seal the conference for them. They held a pressing offense off until the very last minute of overtime. Sophomore goalie Ben Yeager punched a corner kick out, but a Fordham player rocked the rebound past all 11 SLU players to earn the win for the Rams.

Going into the match, the two teams were the only ones that could win the conference. While this may have appeared to be the conference championship game, the Billikens still have a chance. If Fordham loses or ties against UMass, and SLU takes the win off George Washington, the men can reclaim the top spot.

The men take on George Washington on Nov. 5 in Washington, D.C. at 1 p.m. to conclude their regular season.