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.