ST. LOUIS — The Crowder Roughriders gave the No. 1-ranked NJCAA Division I St. Louis Archers one heckuva match Tuesday in the Region 16 semifinals before taking a 2-1 loss.

St. Louis’ Conor McArthur took a Chris Eduardo pass and opened the scoring with a goal only 5 minutes, 12 seconds into the 90-minute match.

The score remained the same for over 56 minutes, when Musa Kamara’s unassisted goal made it a tie game.

In the 73rd minute, Eduardo hit the game-winning shot off an assist from Savino Livornese.

Crowder sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Ost finished with three saves, while St. Louis counterpart in goal Braedan Passalis had one.

St. Louis took 13 shots overall, while Crowder took eight.

The teams reversed their foul numbers by half — Crowder 13-8 in the first 45 and St. Louis 13-7 in the second, with Crowder ahead 21-20 in overall fouls.

Officials handed out 10 cards overall — including seven to Crowder with six yellow and the only red card awarded to Ost.

Crowder became the first team to score a goal against St. Louis since September 26 when East Central took a 5-3 loss to the unbeaten Archers. The Archers had blanked their first seven opponents this month.

Crowder — 10-6-1 overall — lost on the road for only the second time this season, both against St. Louis, who improved to 20-0 on the season.

St. Louis, the defending Region 16 champions, play for the championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.