For the first time since 2016 the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Soccer Championship game will feature the top two seeds in the tournament. #1 seed Principia College will host #2 seed Spalding University on Friday night in Elsah, Illinois for the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Spalding 1, Greenville 0 - BOX SCORE
Spalding avenged one of their two conference losses during the regular season with a win against Greenville University a semifinal game of the SLIAC Tournament. The first-half didn't see much action, with just nine combined shots. Alioune Cisse provided all the action the Golden Eagles would need in the second-half though when he netted his 6th goal of the season at the 69-minute mark on a header off a pass from Chadrack Mulondani. With the one-goal lead, the Golden Eagles had to fight off the Panthers threat, which saw the visitors get off 11 second-half shots. Trevor Massa stood tall in net for Spalding, stopping all eight shots on goal for the shutout win.
- Spalding will be playing in their second SLIAC Championship game in program history (2016) and looking for their first championship.
Principia 2, Westminster 1 - BOX SCORE
Playing just four days after their regular-season finale against each other Wednesday's first-round game between the two in the SLIAC Tournament had a familiar result. Just as in their previous meeting, Westminster took a first-half lead but once again the Panthers responded with two unanswered goals and came away with a 2-1 win. Justin Gerdiman put the Blue Jays on the board just 20-minutes into the game when he slipped behind the defense and buried a shot to the far side of the net. That lead was erased 17-minutes later when Kaleb Keller broke in alone against the Blue Jay keeper and was fouled in the box, setting up a penalty kick. Keller stepped to the line and buried the shot to draw the score even. He added the game-winning goal early in the second half, scoring just three minutes into the period.
- Keller's first goal of the game was the 48th of his career, setting a new Principia program career mark.
- Principia has won two previous SLIAC Tournaments (1990 and 2007).
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