Saint Louis FC Scores In 89th Minute For Dramatic Win Over Tampa Bay
The 4,001 fans in attendance on Sunday night at Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park were treated to quite the exciting United Soccer League match, capped by three points for Saint Louis FC.
With the win STLFC improves to 7-9-5 (26 points) on the season. Tampa Bay falls to 10-6-7 (37 points) and maintains its fourth place positon on the USL Eastern Conference table.
Currently in 12th place in the USL East, STLFC plays two important matches at home within the next ten days. The team welcomes the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to Toyota Stadium on Saturday August 19 and the Tulsa Roughnecks on Wednesday August 23.
Tickets for the next two Saint Louis FC matches can be purchased online at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
The local lads scored two quick goals to open the contest, allowed three goals to relenquish the lead and rallied for a 4-3 win. Aside from the seven goals, the match also featured six yellow card cautions and a member of the Rowdies getting ejected.
Seth Rudolph scored two goals and Daniel Jackson added another before Konrad Plewa redirected Ivan Mirkovic’s shot for the game-winner.
Ruduloph’s game-winner came less than five minutes after Tampa Bay defender Damion Lowe was sent off for receiving his second yellow card caution of the match.
Jackson opened the scoring before many of the fans were even in their seats. Mirkovic sent a ball from his own half of the field over the Rowdies’ back line that Jackson was able to corral and slip past Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens. Pickens, a Washington, Missouri (St. Francis Borgia) native, was playing a professional soccer match in St. Louis for the first time in his career.
Emmanuel Appiah fed a ball through to Rudolph in the fourth minute of the match to put St. Louis FC on the board again.
Two goals from Tampa Bay had the match tied at 2 in the 16th minute. A third would put the visitors on top in the 36th minute.
Saint Louis FC coach Preki Radosavljevic talked to Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the match.
“We started incredibly well and then all of a sudden, I felt like the ball started bouncing really weird for us and that changed the game — literally three shots and three goals for them. … We went to halftime with mixed emotions. In a lot of ways I was happy with how we played, but when you look at the scoreboard, it’s 3-2 against us.”
In the 65th minute, Rudolph would score again when Dragan Stojkov found his head with a ball sent into the Tampa Bay penalty area.
Lowe’s foul on Milan Petosevic in the 86th minute led to his second yellow card of the match, his ejection and Petosevic spending several minutes on the sideline being attended to by medical staff before being able to re-enter the match.
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Joe Cole, Akira Fitzgerald and Leo Fernandes all missed Sunday’s match due to injury.
Octavio Guzman and A.J. Cochran were among those given the night off for Saint Louis FC.
Saint Louis FC is back in action at Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park this Saturday against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The Riverhounds sit just above STLFC in the USL East with 27 points.
Tickets for Saturday’s match can be purchased online at SaintLouisFC.com or in-person at the Soccer Park Box Office.
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