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‘Amazing College Football Game’: SLU Football Team Wins at Duke, Reaches Quarter-Finals | SLU Billikens

St. Louis forward Simon Becher (9) says goodbye to LIU players after scoring a goal to give SLU a 4-1 lead in a game between Long Island University and University of St. Louis in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Men’s Football Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri on Sunday, November 21, 2021. Photo by David Carson, [email protected]

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The University of St. Louis’ first goal came quickly again on Saturday night at Duke, something coach Kevin Kalish has grown accustomed to, or at least on top of his wish list.

But what followed could not have been anticipated.

A savage attacking football game laden with big individual games was decided by an own own goal following a SLU corner kick, and the Billikens advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament with a victory. of 4-3.

“I can’t remember many games that we didn’t start well,” said Kalish. “It’s a mature group that understands how important the first goal is and how important the first 15 minutes are. We performed well again.

The No. 10 seeded Billikens qualify for a game in Washington, No. 2 seed. The time and date for the game had not been set Sunday morning.

SLU scored goals by Mason Leeth, John Klein and Simon Becher and never lagged behind remaining the only undefeated team in the country at 16-0-4.

The final goal came when Isaiah Parker placed a corner in a dangerous spot in front of the goal, and the ball came out of Duke keeper Eliot Hamill in the 79th minute.

“It was an amazing college football game,” said Kalish. “Every game is different. I wasn’t expecting seven goals, but I knew there were a lot of guys out there who could make plays. It was one of those games with two teams trading blows. It really showed a lot of our identity and our character.