EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's soccer got a pair of goals from senior Christian Volesky and did not allow a goal in the run of play Friday, earning a 3-1 exhibition win over Oakland in front of 2,346 at Korte Stadium.
Most of the crowd, including much of the incoming freshman class at SIUE remained despite a constant light rain throughout the night.
"I think the atmosphere was a big reason why we were able to create some energy in the game and wind up ultimately coming from behind," SIUE Head Coach David Korn said. "That's a big credit to the fans that came out and also to our administrators, our event staff, and everyone who put on this great event for the University."
The Golden Grizzlies got on the board in just the fifth minute of play thanks to a penalty kick. Oakland's Gerald Ben slotted the kick low and to the left of SIUE senior goalkeeper Kent Kobernus. Kobernus played 59 minutes and made one save.
Matt Polster equalized for the Cougars in the 24th minute, also with a penalty kick.
Volesky picked up the first of his two goals in the 34th minute scoring from six yards out on an assist from Brett Lane. Voelsky's second came after halftime when he scored after a receiving a through ball from Garet Christianson.
Redshirt-freshman Kyle Dal Santo played the final 31 minutes in goal for the Cougars making a pair of saves. Dal Santo denied Oakland's Austin Ricci in the 64th minute. Ricci got free in the box and unleashed a hard shot from 12 yards away from goal. Dal Santo was able to lift the shot over the bar.
For the game, the Cougars outshot Oakland 11-7.
SIUE will travel to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI in an exhibition game Fri., Aug. 22 at 6 p.m.
"I think we're happy with the result," Korn said. "I don't know that we're happy yet with the way that we got the result. With that said there are some good things that we'll take away from tonight. In general we have a lot of work to do before we play IUPUI next Friday."