ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The University of Missouri-St. Louis men's soccer team scored five goals in the second half to erase an early Harding lead and defeat the Bisons 5-1 on Tuesday. It was Harding's final non-conference game before meeting Alabama-Huntsville on Friday in Searcy to open Gulf South Conference action.
Harding (2-8-0) controlled play early and went up 1-0 in the 20th minute on Rhon Royer's first goal of the season. Royer, a native of George Town, Bahamas, was making his Bison debut. Josh Ireland found Austin Brown making a run down the left sideline. Brown sent in a cross to Royer who one-touched it past UMSL goalkeeper Adam Giesegh.
After the break, the goals came quickly for the Rivermen (3-2-2). Kyle Wogtech scored his first goal of the season in the 47th minute, and two minutes later Chris Clarkin put UMSL in the lead.
Harding went a man down in the 60th minute when Harding defender Chad Marshall was issued a red card for fouling a Rivermen player from behind.
With a man-advantage, UMSL scored three goals in less than three minutes. Alex Agne scored in the 75th and 77th minutes, and Wogtech added the final goal in the 78th minute.
Missouri-St. Louis outshot Harding 27-6 and had a 10-0 advantage on corner kicks.
Junior James Thurmond played the first half in goal for the Bisons and made two saves. Junior Andrew Flesher played the second half and had four saves.