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AC St. Louis Gets First Road Win 1-0 Over Puerto Rico

AC St. Louis made its first USSF D2 league visit to Bayamon, Puerto Rico Saturday night, and came up with a huge three points as Coach Claude Anelka’s squad got a win, 1-0.  Alec Dufty had the clean sheet for AC St. Louis, his second of the 2010 season.

The first half was pretty evenly played from what I can tell.  (With no live commentary and a somewhat fuzzy live video stream, I am somewhat limited in recapping the action).    AC St. Louis did some nice work down the left side, with both Mark Bloom and Luke Kreamalmeyer getting free, although crosses in front of the goal went for naught.  Kreamalmeyer missed on a shot to the left of goal around midway through the half, and Alec Dufty made a fine blocking save on an Islanders chance, with a great bicycle kick clearance by an AC St. Louis player to eliminate the Islanders’ threat.  Kreamalmeyer again threatened but Islander’s goalkeeper Bill Gaudette was able to make the save.  Finally, in the 42nd minute, AC St. Louis broke through as Brad Stisser netted a rebound from a Mike Ambersley shot past Gaudette.

Colin Clarke’s Islanders came storming out of the dressing room in the second half, and played in AC St. Louis’ half of the field for most of the first ten minutes, and indeed looked likely to score on multiple occasions during the second half.  But Alec Dufty’s prowess in the air, and Lady Luck, kept the Islanders off the scoreboard.  AC St. Louis had trouble clearing the ball early after intermission, and gave up a corner after a few minutes, and another at about the 55 minute mark.  But Puerto Rico couldn’t make anything happen, as AC St. Louis defenders crowded their attack.  Dufty made a fine save at about the 75 minute mark, and a minute later there was a loose ball scramble in front of the AC St. Louis goal, but somehow the ball never made it behind Dufty.  Towards the end of the game, the ball was ponging around the AC St. Louis box, but the Islanders couldn’t do anything with it.  Substitute Alex Titton made a nice run from the corner to the Puerto Rico goal, but Gaudette was able to defend the shot, giving AC St. Louis a corner. Other substitutes for AC St. Louis included Troy Cole, Ryan Moore, Christian Nzinga and Elvir Kafedzic. 

With all that the team has been through the last few weeks, this was an immense win for Claude Anelka’s team.   Puerto Rico held the advantage in possession, but AC St. Louis showed a lot of determination defensively, and did enough on the attacking end to get a great result.  AC St. Louis record now stands at 2-7-1, while Puerto Rico drops to 3-5-0.  AC St. Louis heads to Des Moines, Iowa for a Tuesday evening match with the PDL Des Moines Menace in Open Cup play.  With a victory there AC St. Louis would play the winner of the NSC Minnesota-Kansas City Athletics contest on June 22.  AC St. Louis’ next USSF D2 league game is Saturday June 26 against the Vancouver Whitecaps at AB Soccer Park.  Congratulations to Brad Stisser on his first goal of the season….a game winner !!!  GO AC !!!

 AC St. Louis Starting Lineup:  Dufty, Bloom, Velten, Barna, Traynor, Kreamalmeyer. Kante, Gauchinho, Stisser, Ambersley, Cosgriff

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