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Ambersley Nets Winner as AC St. Louis Beat Baltimore Saturday 1-0

 Mike Ambersley found the back of the net in the 74th minute on a brutally hot day in Baltimore to give AC St. Louis a big three points and break a two game losing streak.  AC St. Louis finishes their four game road trip with a 1-2-1 mark, and rise off the bottom of the USSF D2 standinngs, at least for a day, as they pass Miami FC, who play Sunday.  AC St. Louis is now 4-10-4 on the season before starting a long home stand next Wednesday evening against the Portland Timbers.

After a poor performance at Montreal Wednesday, AC St. Louis opened up against Crystal Palace Baltimore on a more positive note, gaining a free kick from Luke Kreamalmeyer in a dangerous spot very early in the match, and getting another chance in the 6th minute from Tim Velten.  Jeff Cosgriff, back from suspension, took a shot that went directly at CP Baltimore goalkeeper Evan Bush.  Alec Dufty made a good save off a CP Baltimore header late in the half as the game went into halftime scoreless.

Jim Cherneski’s CP Baltimore side had a chance early in the second half but Jamaican forward Gary Brooks was unable to find the net.  Jeff Cosgriff had another chance for AC St. Louis, but again his shot went directly to Bush.   Finally, in the 74th minute, St. Louisan Mike Ambersley came up with a goal on a tight angle shot that went under Bush to give AC St. Louis a lead they wouldn’t surrender.  Ambersley’s flair for dramatic goals started earlier in the season when he scored at Portland in the closing minutes to salvage a tie for the Saints.  Big, big goal today, his fifth overall and third in league play.  Just what the doctor ordered.

Unlike recent matches against Vancouver and NSC Minnesota, AC St. Louis didn’t let Crystal Palace Baltimore back into the game andcame up with the win.  Ryan Moore and John Lesko were second half substitutes for the Saints, and Alec Dufty kept another clean sheet, his fourth in league play and sixth in all competitions.  It was great to see Dale Schilly’s team get a shutout after leaking seven goals in the last three games. 

Mike Ambersley

Congratulations to the coach and team on getting three points and salvaging a roadtrip otherwise best forgotten.  I’m sure there will be smiles and laughter on the trip back to St. Louis.   I can’t comment much on the play of the game, as the live stream was of very poor quality today.  But I do know that AC St. Louis plays five home games in a row starting Wednesday, and this is the time for the team to make its move.  AC St. Louis plays the Portland Timbers twice during this homestand, along with game against the NSC Minnesota Stars, Vancouver Whitecaps and Puerto Rico Islanders.  AC St. Louis has gotten results against all these teams, so the opportunity is there for the team to move up the standings and push themselves solidly into the playoffs.  Hopefully, the team will make AB Soccer Park a fortress and gain the points necessary.  Great result today against Crystal Palace Baltimore……GO AC !!!

AC St. Louis Starting Lineup:  Dufty, Bauer, Cole, Velten, Traynor, Kreamalmeyer, Ambersley, Stisser, Cosgriff, Bloom, Schuler


2 Responses

  1. Awesome result! Thinking of getting Mike Ambersley’s name on my AC yellow shirt now!! See you Wednesday guys!!

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