Blue Jays Lose Heartbreaker In Overtime

Photo by Caleb Maassen.
Photo by Caleb Maassen.

Louisville, KY, 10/23/21 – The first 54 minutes of Saturdays SLIAC matchup between the Blue Jays and the Spalding University Golden Eagles looked like it would be a runaway for the home team Eagles. 
A 2-0 deficit with only 36 minutes to play looked like a mountain to climb given the Blue Jays had only managed four shots up to that point. The Blue Jays would rally for two goals to tie the game and send it to overtime.  Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles had the answer in overtime to win the game 3-2.  The loss dropped the Blue Jays to 3-11-2 overall and 3-8-1 in the SLIAC.  Spalding improves to 10-6-1 overall and 7-3 in the SLIAC.

Trailing 2-0 the Blue Jays got to work in the 60th minute when Rhys Proffitt (Rolla, MO / Rolla) slotted a ball to Andrew Sprengel (Winfield, MO / Winfield) who scored to cut the lead to 2-1.  The game remained that way until the 74th minute when a Spalding defender fouled the Blue Jays in the box and the Jays were awarded a penalty kick to try and tie the game. Mustekbel Shoune (Columbia, MO / Rock Bridge) stepped to the ball and buried it to tie the score.  It was his fifth goal of the season.  Spalding would end the game in the first overtime in the 96th minute.

Freshman Toby Hughes (Jefferson City, MO / Jefferson City) started in goal for the Blue Jays and played all 95 plus minutes making one save.  The Blue Jays ended up outshooting the Golden Eagles 14-10 thanks to their strong second half.  The Blue Jays took one more corner kick than the Golden Eagles 4-3. The Blue Jays were whistled for 13 fouls while the Golden Eagles were whistled for 12.

The Blue Jays will be back in action in what will be the final home game of the season on Wednesday October 27th. The Blue Jays will welcome the Blackburn College Beavers for a 5:00 p.m. kickoff at Kent and Judith Mueller Stadium.