RECAP: Saint Louis FC v Swope Park Rangers

RECAP: Saint Louis FC v Swope Park Rangers

The final matchup between Saint Louis FC and Swope Park Rangers began as a stalemate.  Most the first half was spent between the 18's.  Both teams were limited in their chances. The best for SPR was from the effort directly from a corner kick taken by Ayrton that Thompson was able to parry over the crossbar in the 9th minute.  Saint Louis' best chance of the half came from James Musa who had a crack from 25 yards out and missed just past the left post.  Swope Park did break through on a nifty move by Dane Kelly around Sam Fink, his shot deflected to Kris Tyrpack who knocked it in only to find the linesman's flag up for offsides in the 38th minute.  The half did have a few fireworks early as the rivalry heated up.  Musa picking up a yellow in the 4th.  Cooler heads prevailed as the half ended with 11 aside and tied 0-0.    

The second half picked up the pace on scoring opportunities.  Herrera was fouled 35 yards from the end line.  Mitch Lurie's free kick found Musa on the back post, his header skimmed across Swope Park's 6-yard box and rolled out of bounds for a goal kick. Saint Louis FC saw fan favorite, Patrick Doody, return to action in the 73rd minute.  Doody has been out since the April with an injury. The first score of the match came in the 80th minute when substitute Vince Cicciarelli tucked in a pass from St. Louisian Tommy Meyer that did not make it back to his goalkeeper for his 5th tally of the season.  The away fans celebration was cut short when Akeil Barrett equalized in the 89th minute from 8 yards after the team broke through the 18-yard box and Thompson was unable to hang on to the first effort.  


Saint Louis FC continues their playoff push at home next Saturday in their first ever meeting with San Antonio FC at 7:30.  They will host two matches next week with Oklahoma City Energy FC visiting the park on Wednesday, August 31st.  For ticket information go to SaintLouisFC.com or call the DNT Box Office at 636-680-0997.   

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