Kansas City, KS…The St Louis Lions earned a hard fought 3-2 victory over cross state rivals the Kansas City Brass on a steamy evening at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.
The Lions stormed out of the gates early and scored in the first 5 minutes of the game when forward Henrique Suosa chased down a ball on the right side and found Pat Kelly at the near post. Kelly’s goal was his first of the season.
Later in the half the Lions went up 2-0 when Henrique Suosa buried a driven cross by Gavin Smith. Smith stole the ball from the Brass midfield and charged past the defender leading to the cross.
The Lions continued to put pressure and had numerous opportunities in the half but failed to add to the score. Pat Kelly was stopped on a point blank header late in the half and Smith missed the goal by inches late in the half.
In the second half the Lions continued to attack but the Brass would not give up. The Brass scored from a free kick jus outside the Lions goal box in the 67the minute.
The Brass tied the game in the 73rd minute when Ricardo Yeverino outpaced the Lions defense on a thru ball.
The Lions lead by the scrappy play of Pat Kelly were not finished. Kelly, who had 2 assists in his last game, controlled the right side of the midfield and beat the Brass defender one-on-one. Kelly served the ball to the back post to a camped out Dan Meagher who headed it home to give the Lions a 3-2 victory. Meagher earned a yellow on the play for his celebration.
The Lions return home next weekend to face the Kansas City Brass on June 11th on St Louis Soccer Day.