Down 2-0, STLFC Battles Back To Earn Point At Sacramento
Saint Louis FC went down 2-0 Saturday night against Sacramento Republic FC, but battled back to earn a point with a 2-2 draw. Wal Fall and Albert Dikwa scored for the squad from St. Louis while Cameron Iwasa scored twice for Sacramento in front of 10.570 at Papa Murphy’s Park.
Saint Louis FC is now 5-5-6 on the 2018 USL season. Sacramento Republic FC moves to 8-4-5 overall.
The Chupacabras return to World Wide Technology park in Fenton this weekend for a game against Rio Grande Valley FC. Kickoff on Saturday night is set for 7:30 pm at Toyota Stadium.
Tickets for the match, which will feature $1 draft beers and post-game fireworks, can be purchased in advance at SaintLouisFC.com or by calling 636-680-0997.
A special $15 ticket offer is also available for this Saturday’s game. For $15, get a one (1) East Premium ticket to the match and one (1) draft beer. $2 from each ticket sold as part of the offer will also be donated to Folds of Honor.
Scroll down for a recap of this past weekend’s match as well as the post-match words from Saint Louis FC head coach Anthony Pulis. Check back to BallsWaterMedKit this Thursday for a preview of this weekend’s match against Rio Grande Valley FC.
The free kick that would result in Wal Fall’s equalizer was awarded when the German midfielder was hauled down by a Republic defender at the top of the penalty circle. Lewis Hilton had played a corner kick into the Sacramento penalty area seconds before and Fall had picked up an ill-fated clearing attempt by the home side. As Fall attempted to make a turn around a defender, he was grabbed around the waist and hauled down.
The 6’3″ goateed Fall hooked his attempt around the Republic wall and tucked the ball into the upper corner of the Republic net. Sacramento goalkeeper Josh Cohen, set up just off his left goal post, dove and reached for the ball, but couldn’t get his hand on the ball.
As play resumed, a controversial play had the home fans left in the stands calling for a penalty on the other end of the field.
Sam Fink attempted to let a ball played into his team’s penalty area roll across the end line, but was pushed down by a Sacramento forward. The opposing player, now with the ball, alluded a diving Tomas Gomez and played the ball to his teammate in front of the Saint Louis FC goal. STLFC defender Sean Reynolds turned to face the play and fell, tripping up the Sacramento player and sending the game’s announcers into a frenzy. Gomez pounced on the loose ball as he was kicked by the Sacramento player.
Just as the game’s announcers, now wondering out loud why a penalty hadn’t been called, had been vocal supporters of the home side all match, numerous players had been taking spills on the pitch at Papa Murphy’s Park pitch all evening.
Just a minute after the controversial play, Gomez made a diving stop to his left on a winding shot from just outside the penalty area.
The Chupacabras were able to play out the four minutes of stoppage times, earning the point in hostile territory.
After Sacramento got goals from Cameron Iwasa, the team’s leading scorer in the 28th and 47th minutes, STLFC began its comeback in the 74th minute when Albert Dikwa found the back of the net.
After the home side was called for a handball, Aedan Stanley sent the resulting free kick towards the Sacramento goal. Wal Fall’s header slammed off the crossbar and Cohen made a diving save as a Saint Louis player headed the bouncing ball on net. An attempted clearance bounced to STLFC’s Dikwa, who put the visitors on the scoreboard with his strike.
Fall was named the Pleats Cleaners Man of the Match by fans after the match.
Pulis Praises Team’s Character In Post-Match Comments
Saint Louis FC head coach Anthony Pulis praised his team character after Saturday’s match and touched on the importance of the result beyond the single point gained.
““It’s a massive point we’ve gained tonight,” said STLFC Head Coach Anthony Pulis. “To come from two goals down at a place like Sacramento shows again the type of characters we have in our group. The never say die attitude and togetherness we have is special and counts for so much. There were certainly areas of our performance tonight that have to be better and the guys know that but we’ll take the point and concentrate on getting a good week of training so we’re ready for Rio Grande Valley next week.”
Special Mission Taco Pride Jersey Auction Ends This Friday
Saint Louis FC players have been wearing special Mission Taco warm-up jerseys this month in recognition of Pride month. Jerseys were on sale at World Wide Technology Soccer Park earlier this month and game-worn editions of the jerseys are being auctioned off now. The auction ends the Friday, June 30th.
$1 Beers On Tap This Saturday At World Wide Technology Soccer Park
Saint Louis FC takes on Rio Grande Valley FC this Saturday, June 30 at World Wide Technology Soccer Park in Fenton. Kickoff at Toyota Stadium is set for 7:30 pm. Fans can take advantage of a special $15 ticket offer that includes an East Premium ticket to the match and a Bud family draft beer. $2 from each $15 package sold will be donated to Folds of Honor.
The club will be honoring the military charity before the match and hosting a special fireworks show after. Fans 21 years of age and older attending the match will also be able to purchase $1 Bud family draft beers at select Toyota Stadium concession stands.
To purchase tickets in advance, head to SaintLouisFC.com or call 636-680-0997.
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