Fontbonne ends Blackburn’s season with a 2-1 playoff win

CARLINVILLE – The magic worked for the Blackburn College men’s soccer team on Tuesday.

Blackburn, host of his first game of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, lost 2-1 to the University of Fontbonne.

After a scoreless half, the Griffins scored first. The Beavers rallied to equalize, but Fontbonne’s Zach Lyeki scored the game-winning goal in the 84th minute.

Each team had eight shots on goal. Overall, the Griffins outscored Blackburn 18-16. The Griffins also had a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks. Fontbonne had an 11-6 advantage in the first half.

Fontbonne’s Trent Calvert put the Griffins in the lead in the 54th minute when he converted a penalty.

But about 11 minutes later, Zibo Siampasa equalized at 1-1 when he scored thanks to an assist from teammate Yeudiel De Leon at 65:19.

Siamsipa’s goal was his 12th goal of the season. He was the only player in the league with double-digit points and double-digit assists as he finished the regular season leading the country in assists. He finished with 12 goals and 14 assists this season.

Lyeki’s game-winning goal, assisted by Calvert, came late at 84:52.

But the Beavers were still done.

Blackburn sophomore Luke Atkinson, a Marquette Catholic High School product, narrowly missed a goal, but Fontbonne goaltender Dominic Haggard made an acrobatic save two minutes from time to time on the Atkinson shot lower left.

Atkinson finished the season with eight goals and one assist.

The Beavers finished 12-9 and tied the school record for most wins in a season.

“Matching the school record for wins and finishing fourth (in SLIAC) is a big step for our program,” said Blackburn coach Rob Steinkuehler. “It’s an exciting band to watch.”

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