The Lindenwood men’s soccer team (1-3-1, 0-0-0 SL) picked up its first win at the Division I level after defeating Southern Indiana (0-6-1, 0-0-0 SL) by a score of 2-1 on Friday night from Evansville, Ind.
Most of the play during the opening half took place in the middle of the field as both defensive units put together a strong defensive effort with both teams combining for just six shot attempts. Feho Sabotic had the only shot on goal for either team, in the 24th minute, but it was stopped by the USI keeper. The St. Louis Mo. native recorded another shot late in the opening half, but it went just wide. Lindenwood earned four corner kicks in the opening half, while the Screaming Eagles had one. The game was scoreless at halftime.
USI found the back of the net less than a minute into the second half, heading home a cross to take a 1-0 lead. The Lions responded shortly after, as they earned a penalty kick after a Screaming Eagle hand ball in the box. Anis Smajlovic calmly buried the attempt from the spot, knotting the game, 1-1 in the 56th minute.
Lindenwood kept making a push throughout the half to take the lead as each squad traded scoring chances. The Lions took the lead with less than five minutes left in the game when Roland Dearborn took a pass from Smajlovic and buried the ball into the back of the net for the first time this season. Lindenwood held onto the lead for the final minutes, earning its first victory at the Division I level.
Smajlovic (one goal, one assist)
Dearborn (one goal, four shots, two SOG)
Feho Sabotic (two shots, one SOG)
Lindenwood heads to Indianapolis, Ind. for a matchup with No. 20 Butler on Wednesday, September 21. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.