Early Goal Leads Switchbacks Past STL FC

Oskar Gasecki
Oskar Gasecki

ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis FC suffered a 1-0 loss to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday night in USL regular season action at World Wide Technology Soccer Park.

The loss puts STL FC at 3-4-5 (14 pts.) on the season while Colorado Springs moves to 8-5-0 (24 pts.).

Playing in its third game in six days, Saint Louis FC started slow and couldn't recover to get a result.  Head Coach Dale Schilly said that Tuesday's U.S. Open Cup match at Sporting Kansas City took a toll on his team.

"When we went into halftime at 0-0 against Sporting Kansas City, we had a chance to go for it and keep guys on the field and let them go until the very end," Schilly said.  "We made that choice and knew it would make things very difficult tonight."

Colorado Springs dominated in the early stages and scored the decisive goal in the 15th minute.  

Off a corner kick, the ball found its way to Switchbacks midfielder Rony Argueta 25 yards out.  Argueta took a touch before firing low into the far corner, beating Alec Kann.  Kann made six saves in the match.

The hosts made three subsitutions at halftime and immediately looked more dangerous in the second half.  Jermie Lynch, Bryan Gaul, and Jacob Bushue all had quality chances to equalize, but STL FC was unable to find the breakthrough.

"We have a very tight knit team and it shows," Gaul said.  "You never want to go down a goal early, but you can see the fight to get back in the game.  Everyone comes together and we work harder."

Saint Louis FC will be back in action next Saturday when it hosts New York Red Bulls II at Marshall Wireless Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM.