ST. LOUIS — The University of Central Arkansas men's soccer team, tied with 21st-ranked Saint Louis for 54 minutes, were overpowered by the Billikens in the final 35 minutes, losng 4-1.
The Billikens (5-2-0) took the lead in the 22nd minute, as Alex Sweetin converted on a penalty kick. Wes Carson found an equalizer in the 54th minute, getting a ball from Logan Miller on the breakaway and tapping it home to knot the score at 1-1.
SLU needed just 50 seconds to respond, when Robert Kristo fielded a pass from Francisco Vizcaino and slotted it into the net from 7 yards away to put SLU up 2-1. In the 66th minute, Central Arkansas (4-5-0) surrendered an own goal to push the deficit to 3-1. An impressive individual effort from Adnan Gabeljic in the 88th minute pushed the SLU lead to 4-1, as he worked his way through the Central Arkansas midfield and blasted a shot into the net from 25 yards out.
Patxi Shortsleeve made six saves and allowed four goals in net for Central Arkansas. Nick Shackelford allowed a goal for the Billikens.
Central Arkansas opens Missouri Valley play on the road next weekend against SIU-Edwardsville.