JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- Eureka College senior Brady Thomas (Mount Pulaski, Ill./Mount Pulaski H.S.) tied the match with a late first-half goal, but host MacMurray erupted for four tallies after intermission to secure a 5-1 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over the Red Devils, Wednesday afternoon in Jacksonville, Ill.
The goal from Thomas, the eight of his three-year EC career, knotted the score at 1-1 with just 3:24 left before halftime. Evan Bolwerk, who opened the scoring for the hosts with a sixth-minute goal, supplied the match-winner at 50:58. His strike triggered a four-goal outburst from MC over the final four minutes, including Jacob Lee's goal at 55:04 and Omar Martinez's strike at 64:50. Bolwerk finished a hat trick with further insurance in the 87th minute.
Thomas took six of the Red Devils' 12 shots on Thurday. Daniel Johnson (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S.) made six saves in goal.
Eureka will continue its brief two-match road stretch Friday at 4 p.m. against Emmaus Bible in Dubuque, Iowa. The Red Devils topped the Eagles in overtime last month at Traister Field, 2-1.