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Huge Win for AC St. Louis at Home, 3-0 over Montreal Saturday

AC St. Louis played its most complete game of the season before 2,300 fans Saturday night at AB Soccer Park, thoroughly defeating the Montreal Impact 3-0.  In a game of firsts for the AC St. Louis franchise, new AC St. Louis Coach Dale Schilly and his staff recorded their first USSF D2 win, AC St. Louis had its first 3 goal game, and Chris Salvaggione and Jeff Cosgriff notched their first goals of 2010.

AC St. Louis sparkled throughout the contest.  On an evening devoid of the usual St. Louis mid-summer oppressive heat and humidity, the young team hustled up and down the pitch, and were aggressive the entire contest.   Coach Marc Dos Santos’Montreal squad did not play poorly, and I was impressed by the play of Leonardo DiLorenzo, but AC St. Louis wouldn’t allow the Impact to get untracked.  AC St. Louis outshot Montreal 11-5, with 5 AC St. Louis shots on goal compared to only two for the Impact, although the Impact did tally one more corner kick than AC St. Louis.

AC St. Louis looked threatening in the first half, but were unable to find the back of the net.  After Montreal got a shot off in the 3rd minute and started well, the game was played fairly evenly, but as the half wore on AC St. Louis was able to get shots by Hagop Chirishian, Gauchinho and Ryan Moore.  Chris Salvaggione came on for Chirishian in the 33rd minute, and got more offense going.  His run down the right side resulted in a Gauchinho shot that was accidentally blocked by midfielder Luke Kreamalmeyer.  Elvir Kafedzic came in at the 42nd minute mark for Alex Titton on the front line, and although the half was scoreless, AC St. Louis’ efforts made the second half look promising.

And indeed, the second half fulfilled the promise of the first, as AC St. Louis was able to net three times.  Chris Salvaggione scored in the 57th minute on a fine bicycle kick that was the result of a Kreamalmeyer corner kick that was kept alive in the box by defenders Mark Bloom and Anthony O’Garro, whose header was cleared off the line by DiLorenzo and went to Salvaggione.  In the 62nd minute, Luke Kreamalmeyer scored, assisted by Elvir Kafedzic.  AC St. Louis did not go into a defensive shell, but instead kept up the offensive pressure and were rewarded with a third goal, as Jeff Cosgriff rocketed a long shot past Montreal goalkeeper Srdjan Djekanovic in the 78th minute.  Kreamalmeyer was credited with the assist.  Montreal played a man short the last 18 minutes of the game due to midfielder David Testo’s second yellow card and subsequent ejection. 

What a win !!!  Congratulations to Coach Schilly and the assistants  —  they really had the team hitting on all cylinders tonight, and used substitutes very well to keep the aggressive pace going.  I enjoyed seeing Hagop Chirishian, Ryan Moore, Alex Titton and Anthony O’Garro get starts and play well.  The backline was outstanding for AC St. Louis tonight, and hats off to Alec Dufty on another clean sheet (his fifth in the last eight games) and defenders O’Garro, Mark Bloom, Zach Bauer, captain Jack Traynor and substitutes Tim Velten and John Lesko.   Troy Cole and Jeff Cosgriff have both really stepped up their games, and Cosgriff was rewarded with his first goal after taking a fine shot on goal Thursday night in Vancouver that Jay Nolly was able to save.  Chris Salvaggione added spark up the right wing, and I was quite impressed by the passing of AC St. Louis, who seemed to be able to connect on a lot of long passes across the field.  Gauchinho continues to hustle, disrupt the other team’s offense and help the team with possession.  Honestly, it seems like the entire squad played with confidence, control and total hustle.  I think our very young team is starting to realize that they can play at this level and be successful, and now that they have played about 20 games counting the preseason and Open Cup matches, they are beginning to gel and have gained the experience it takes to be true professionals.

Attendance tonight was a few hundred higher than the last game, so I’m glad that the downward trend in attendance lately is headed back in the right direction.  The supporters’ groups did another great job, and I believe all the fans really enjoyed such a well-played contest.  Good to see some of the teams’ walking wounded, including Brad Stisser and Dillon Barna, at the game cheering their teammates on.  And I want to give a shout out to a new soccer friend I talked with after the game, Eric Handley.  Eric was wearing a Cruz Azul shirt, and as I’m a big fan of the FMF I naturally had to say hello.  Eric enjoyed the game, along with his sons, and got to chat with some of the players afterwards.  It’s a very positive sign to see the way our players, win, lose or draw, respond to the fans after the game.  We have a team of classy individuals.

AC St. Louis plays its next game this coming Wednesday, July 14, up in Minnesota against the NSC Stars at 7:00 pm CDT.  The play three more road games, against the Austin Aztex, Montreal again and Crystal Palace Baltimore before returning home for a Wednesday July 28 matchup with Portland.  AC St. Louis has some momentum now, after their draw against Vancouver Thursday and win tonight, and hope to continue getting results on the road as they get back into the playoff hunt.  Again, congratulations to the entire team and staff on an outstanding game and well-earned victory.  GO AC !!! 

The AC St. Louis Fanatic will have game pictures and post-game interviews posted later Sunday.  Thanks to the AC St. Louis front office for playing the Canadian national anthem before the game, and to Liz for doing our national anthem again.  We need a fight song, though — on the way home I had to hum the Rosary High School fight song in honor of Coach Schilly.  Thanks for a great game !!!

AC St. Louis Starting Lineup:  Dufty, O’Garro, Traynor, Bauer, Bloom, Kreamalmeyer, Cole, Moore, Chirishian, Gauchinho, Titton

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One Response

  1. btw….AC St. Louis is 1-2-3 in six games against the MLS bound Impact, Timbers and Whitecaps this season….and they held the best MLS team, the LA Galaxy, scoreless for almost 70 minutes in the Open Cup and lost by a goal to the KC Wizards in preseason…..Outstanding team effort against Montreal …congratulations !!!

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