Volkesky Goal Gives Saint Louis FC 1-0 Win Over Oklahoma City Energy FC
Christian Volesky scored the lone goal of the match Saturday night in Oklahoma City as Saint Louis FC beat Oklahoma City Energy FC 1-0.
With the three points, STLFC improved to 3-2-1 on the 2018 USL season. Energy FC fell to 1-0-5.
Coach Anthony Pulis’ team is now riding a four-game unbeaten streak heading into this Saturday’s matchup with the Swope Park Rangers
On a night where he would pick up his third clean sheet of the season, Jake Fenlason would also contribute to the lone goal of the match. In the 20th minute, the Saint Louis FC goalkeeper sent a ball from his own end line that was flicked into the Oklahoma City half. The ball skipped past the last defender with Saint Louis FC’s Christian Volesky in pursuit.
The Southern Illinois-Edwardsville product evaded an onrushing defender and beat the Greens goalkeeper to the far side.
See Volesky’s goal below in animated GIF form.
Pulis Again Uses One Substitute
Anthony Pulis again used just one substitute in the weekend match. In the 76th minute, Kyle Greig took the field in place of Corey Hertzog.
Fenlason, Jonathan Barden, Lewis Hilton, Sean Reynolds and Sam Fink have all now spent every minute of the 2018 season on the pitch through six games.
40 Combined Fouls Saturday Night
2,679 fans filled the stands at Taft Stadium on a rainy night in Oklahoma City Saturday. Those braving the conditions were treated to a close match that featured a combined 40 fouls and 5 yellow cards issued. Energy FC midfielder Justin Chavez received his second yellow card in the 85th minute, putting major dent in his side’s comeback efforts.
Saint Louis FC’s Kyle Culbertson picked up the lone STLFC caution in 2nd half stoppage time.
The Saint Louis FC Twitter account summed up the conditions on the pitch quite well during the game.
Live shot of the players trying to run on the wet field👀
— Saint Louis FC (@SaintLouisFC) April 22, 2018
STLFC Boss Pleased With Team’s Performance
In his post-match comments, Pulis expressed his appreciation for the way his side played.
“I’m extremely proud of all the players tonight,” said STLFC Head Coach Anthony Pulis. “I thought they showed a tremendous amount of grit, resilience and togetherness to grind out a fantastic 3 road points in very difficult conditions. It wasn’t pretty at times, but throughout the course of the season you get games like this. The important thing is to find a way to win which we did fantastically well.”
Check out the Gateway Arch highlights from the match below.
Take a look back at Saturday night’s win to automatically make your day better👇 pic.twitter.com/sVejAJO0Xd
— Saint Louis FC (@SaintLouisFC) April 23, 2018
Saint Louis FC Returns To St. Louis May 5
Saint Louis FC will return to just outside Missouri for its next match. The Chupacabras will take on the Swope Park Rangers this Saturday. The match is currently scheduled to kick off at 7:30 pm at Shawnee Mission South District Stadium in Overland Park, Kansas.
We’ll bring you a preview of that match, and possibly a venue change, later this week.
Saint Louis FC returns to St. Louis and the friendly confines of Toyota Stadium at World Wide Technology Soccer Park on Saturday May 5. You can take advantage of a $25 ticket package right now that includes a pre-game nacho bar and unlimited draft beer.
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