RICHMOND, Va. - Two second-half goals lifted the Richmond Kickers over Saint Louis FC 2-0 on Saturday night at City Stadium.
With the loss, Saint Louis falls to 6-10-8 (26 pts.), while Richmond moves to 9-6-9 (36 pts.) on the season.
"We put up a good fight tonight," Head Coach Dale Schilly said. "Richmond is a very organized team and tough to break down. Despite having the ball for a good part of the first half, we couldn't crack their back four to create dangerous scoring moments."
Saint Louis started out strong and had its best possible scoring chance early in the 18th minute when forward Jordan Roberts collected a rebound just outside the penalty area and sent in a powerful shot but it sailed just left of the goal.
Roberts's shot would be one of just four total shots from the visitors on the night.
After both sides went into the break scoreless, Richmond turned up the offense, taking eight of its twelve total shots in the second half.
The first Richmond goal came from forward Yudai Imura who received a pass at the top of the box and sent a bullet to the top left corner out of reach of the diving Alec Kann. Imura's goal in the 70th minute put the hosts up 1-0.
Just less than ten minutes later, forward Jason Yiesley put home an insurance goal with a header from Matthew Delicate's service to make it 2-0.
"In the end, we had two games in a 48-hour span and playing a rested team on their home field was more than we could overcome. The guys played well, fought hard, and made Richmond earn the result."
Next up, Saint Louis FC will travel to face the Rochester Rhinos on Sunday, August 30 at Sahlen's Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 PM CT.