Saint Louis FC Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive With Win Over Orlando City B
Three Points Keeps STLFC In Playoff Race, FC Cincinnati Comes To St. Louis Saturday
Saint Louis FC picked up a much-needed three points over the weekend, beating Orlando City B on Saturday night at World Wide Technology Soccer Park just outside of St. Louis.
With the win, Saint Louis FC (9-12-7) finds itself two points behind Orlando City B (8-8-12) on the United Soccer League’s Eastern Conference table. OCB holds the eighth and final playoff spot. Both teams have four games left to play in the regular season.
STLFC is back in action this Saturday against FC Cincinnati at Soccer Park.
The Chupacabras, in the midst of a four-match winless streak, came out on the attack on Saturday night. After several early chances, Ryan Howe finally tallied the match’s first goal in the tenth minute.
OCB almost got itself on the board minutes later, but STLFC goalkeeper Devala Gorrick made a diving save to his left to preserve the lead.
The match took a turn in the visitor’s favor in the 54th minute. Austin Ledbetter picked up his second yellow card of the match, coming five minutes after his first, resulting in his ejection.
Down to ten men, Christian Volesky would score an insurance goal for the home team in the 62nd minute. Volesky converted a penalty that resulted from Mats Bjurman being taken down in the penalty box.
Volesky nows leads STLFC with seven goals on the season. Gorrick made three saves in picking up his third clean sheet of the season.
Watch highlights from the Saturday’s match below.
Four matches remain in the 2017 regular season for Preki’s club. The team’s performance is something the head coach is hoping they can replicate next weekend and beyond, as he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after the match.
“This was an incredibly important moment for us,” Preki said. “But we have to keep doing it.”
Tickets for Saturday’s match against FC Cincinnati can be purchased online at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
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