First Game of Road Trip Doesn’t Go As Planned For Saint Louis FC at Rochester
Saint Louis FC played its first game on a three-game road trip Saturday in Rochester, New York. An early red card ejection contributed to a 2-1 STLFC loss to the Rochester Rhinos.
STLFC fell to 8-11-5 on the season with the loss. Rochester improved to 10-5-8 with the win.
STLFC plays the second game of a three-game road trip Wednesday in Toronto against Toronto FC II. The club plays one more game on the road, Sunday in Ottawa, before returning home to face the Harrisburg City Islanders on September 9.
Saturday’s match started well enough with Ryan Howe finding the back of the net off a free kick in the the third minute.
The Saint Louis FC lead was short-lived. As was Seth Rudolph’s day.
While defending a Rhinos corner kick, Rudolph attempted to block a scoring attempt with his chest. The ball instead went off his arm and the Belleville, Illinois native was shown a red card and ejected.
Rudolph’s ejection comes with an automatic one-game suspension, which Rudolph will serve during Wednesday’s game against Toronto FC II.
Wal Fall would tie the match on the ensuing penalty kick, beating STLFC goalkeeper Adam Grinwis.
Any game plan STLFC coach Predag (Preki) Radosavljevic had was out the window as his team was looking at playing almost 85 minutes a man down.
The whistle to end the first half was blown with the match still knotted 1-1,
In the 55th minute, the Rhinos would take advantage of a defensive lapse to make the game 2-1. Rochester’s Christiano Francois crossed the ball into the penalty area and found the foot of an unmarked Jochen Graf. Graf easily scored his sixth goal of the season.
Shortly after Rochester took the lead, STLFC fans saw recent signee Tyler Feeley for the first time as he came on for Emir Alihodzic. Tyler David and Sebastian Dalgaard were also second half substitutes for Saint Louis.
The vistors would put pressure on Rochester throughout the rest of the game and have several scoring chances, but could not earn a result. Grinwis, who played for the Rhinos during the previous two seasons, made seven saves in the loss.
Those silly St. Louligans characters recorded an episode of the This Is Silly! podcast after the loss. Listen to it here.
Stoppage Time Goal Draws Ottawa Even
Ottawa Fury FC scored in stoppage time at home on Saturday to earn a 2-2 draw with New York Red Bulls II. Coupled with the Saint Louis FC loss, Ottawa is now tied with STLFC on the USL East table. The clubs are tied for 11th place in the conference and are four points out the final playoff spot.
Saint Louis FC plays at Ottawa this Sunday in the final game of its current road trip.
Ottawa visited St. Louis back in April with Saint Louis FC earning a 3-2 win.
SLU Women Extend Season-Opening Win Streak To 4
The Saint Louis University women’s soccer team beat Arkansas State 3-2 on Sunday to move to 4-0 on the season. Emma Farley scored the game-winner in the 75th minute with Alyssa Seitzer and Maddie Pokorny also scoring for SLU.
The Billikens’ 4-0 start matches the best start in program history.
SLU plays SIUE on Thusday in Edwardsville and Missouri State in Springfield on Sunday. They return to Hermann Stadium on the Saint Louis University campus on Friday September 8 to face Kansas.
SLU Men Falls To No. 22 Michigan State
The Billikens are 0-2 on the season after falling to no. 8 Syracuse 2-1 on Friday in overtime. SLU welcomes no. 2 Wake Forest to Hermann this Saturday.
Tickets for Billikens men’s and women’s soccer game can be purchased in advance online at SLUBillikens.com or at the Robert R. Hermann Stadium box office.
Mizzou Falls At Nebraska
The University of Missouri fell to no. 14 Nebraska 3-0 on Sunday in Nebraska. The Cornhuskers moved to 4-0 on the season while Mizzou fell to 2-1-1.
Mizzou tied Oregon State 0-0 on Friday in Oregon.
Mizzou is back at home this Friday against defending-National Champion Southern California.
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