by Ed Beach
Jamie O’Brien converted on a penalty kick in the 80th minute to help lift Drury to a 4-3 victory over Missouri S&T on Sunday afternoon at Harrison Stadium/Curry Sports Complex.
O’Brien, a sophomore from Darlington, England, scored his fourth goal of the season to break the 3-3 in a game that saw the two teams combine for six goals in the first half.
Missouri S&T got on the board early as Trey Haman scored in the game’s fifth minute. The Panthers answered with a pair of goals 16 minutes later. John Clout evened the score with his first goal of the year, then Mitchell Vaughn gave Drury their first lead of the day in the 23rd minute.
The Miners tied the match late in the first half as Shane Cairns scored in the 37th minute, but the Panthers retook the advantage as Ian Conger put in his first goal of the season with just over a minute remaining in the half.
Missouri S&T stole back the momentum before halftime as Cairns put in his second of the game just before the intermission.
The game remained deadlocked until the Panthers were awarded a penalty kick and O’Brien fired in the game-winner giving Drury a 4-3 lead.
The Panthers improved to 4-2 and 2-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference while Missouri S&T fell to 2-3 and 1-2 in the league.
Drury remains at home next weekend as they host William Jewell on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Harrison Stadium.