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Meagher Leads Lions past Winnipeg

St. Louis Lions Press Release

St. Louis, Mo. (July 9, 2011)- The St Louis Lions broke out of their goal drought this weekend putting three in the back of the net against Winnipeg on a hot and steamy afternoon in St Louis. The Lions were lead by Dan Meagher who had a goal and an assist on the day.

 Meagher opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he chipped the Winnipeg keeper from the right side of the box. Kenny Kranz was working tirelessly in the middle of the field when he found Meagher drifting into the left side of the goal box. Kranz slipped a pass to Meagher who chipped the ball into the far corner of the goal.

 The Lions continued the assault in the first half firing 12 shots on goal. The Lions struck again in the 45th minute after a volley of shots by the Lions were blocked by the Winnipeg keeper with a rebound finding the Lions Pat Kelly at the top of the goal box who teed up a laser of a shot into the upper left corner. The Lions went into the break leading 2-0.

Winnipeg was coming off a 1-0 victory over the Springfield Demize the night before was laboring in the heat and humidity and was doing everything they could to slow up the Lions attack. Winnipeg had committed 16 of their 23 fouls in the first half.

 “We played very well tactically today,” said Tony Glavin Head Coach of the Lions “We knew we had a job to do and we needed to take advantage of Winnipeg having come off a game last night. I thought our back line played terrific tonight which allowed us to push more on the attack.”

Glavin was referring to the Lions backline that allowed only three shots in the game. The Lions defense was lead by stellar play from Alan Bradaric and Ryan Spence.
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Lions Roar to First Victory of Season

St. Louis Lions Press Release

St Louis, MO…The Lions put a win in the win column with a convincing 6-1 victory over the Springfield Demize. Tarik Sehovic and Gavin “Dodgy” Smith each had a pair of goals to propel the Lions to victory.

Springfield struck first in the 26th minute when Jonathan Hinds slipped a ball past Lions keeper DJ Lampert who was making his first start of the season for the Lions.

The Lions evened the score in the 33rd minute when Pat Kelly was sent in behind the Demize defense and placed a perfect cross to Kenny Kranz who tucked it neatly into the corner of the goal. Kelly had two assists on the night also assisting on the next Lions goal by Tarik Sehovic.

“Pat was great tonight he really worked hard and his energy gave us a lift.” said Lions Head Coach Tony Glavin

The Lions Sehovic struck again for the Lions in the 64th minute to give the Lions a 3-1 lead.
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2011 Season Starts with a Bang St Louis Lions and Des Moines

Press Release from the St. Louis Lions

St. Louis, Mo. (May 13, 2011)- The St Louis Lions, of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League, are off to Des Moines today in anticipation for the 2001 season kick-off against the Des Moines Menace tomorrow at 7:30pm.

 

The Lions look to improve upon their 2010 season performance which saw the Lions finish in 5th place in the Heartland conference.

“Last year we were in a rebuilding year.” Said Tony Glavin Head Coach of the Lions “We had a lot of players move on to the professional ranks from the ‘09 season and we had to refocus on bringing in younger players. Our focus is to help players advance to the professional ranks and the process is working.”

In the last five years the Lions have helped more than 10 players advance into professional soccer.     

“The Heartland Conference is an extremely tough conference, every game is crucial and it really gives the players a good idea of what to expect when they get to the professional level” says Glavin.
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St. Louis Lions Alumni Attend USL Combines; Lions Announce Open Tryouts

St. Louis Lions news releases.

St Louis, MO…St Louis Lions players continue to move onto the professional ranks and two more have an opportunity to impress scouts this weekend at the UMBRO USL Combine which will be hosted by the Charleston Battery of USL PRO at the club’s famous Blackbaud Stadium from January 20-23 in Charleston, SC.  

Defenders Alen Bradaric and Terrance Cosby as well as 101 additional players will be working out for soccer US and International scouts. More than 400 players applied to participate in this year’s combine, which offers a showcase for PDL alumni, recent college graduates and international talent to take their shot at the next level.

“I am very excited about the combine.  It has always been my dream to play at the professional level.  Ever since I was a kid in Bosnia I wanted to play.” Says Alen Bradaric.  “Who knew I would end up in St Louis and have the opportunity to go pro and my experience with the Lions has really helped me develop professionally.”
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St. Louis Lions 2010 Season in Review

This is a press release review of the Lions’ PDL season, by GM James Shipley.

Cottleville, MO… In its 5th Anniversary season, the St. Louis Lions of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League showed great promise both on the pitch and in the stands in 2010.  The 2005 PDL “Rookie of the Year” franchise faced a very strong, competitive Heartland Division loaded with professionals and battled to a record of five wins, seven losses and four draws. 

“There was never a game that we didn’t have a solid chance of winning,” said President and Head Coach Tony Glavin.  “Despite our record, the difference in almost every game came down to one or two mistakes that are going to be made by a young team.”
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St. Louis Lions Defeat Springfield Demize Again Saturday

St. Louis, Mo…Due to some crazy scheduling the St Louis Lions and Springfield Demize met three straight times this week. On Saturday night the Lions capped off a big week with a third straight win over Springfield by a score of 2-1.

“Playing a team twice in a row is challenging but facing a team three times in a week is dangerous.” said St Louis Lions coach Tony Glavin “We are happy to have taken 9 points from Springfield but it wasn’t easy. They are a good side and made some adjustments today that caused us some problems in the first half. But we responded and fought thru it and in the end prevailed.”

Springfield surprised the Lions early and came out running and set the pace of the game. The Lions were slow to react and Springfield capitalized in the 12th minute when Michael Gow caught the Lions defense out of position and sent a looping ball over Lions goal keeper Nate Thackery for a 1-0 lead. This was the first goal Thackery had given up in two games. Springfield continued to press the Lions and carried a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
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St. Louis Lions Put the Hurt on Springfield Demize, 4-0, Saturday

This is a press release from James Shipley of the St. Louis Lions.   Congratulations on a big win !!!

St Louis, MO….The offense came to life for the St Louis Lions on a sweltering hot day.  Four separate goal scorers got in on the action to defeat the Springfield Demize on Saturday afternoon.  The Lions could have tallied a couple more had it not been for the outstanding play of Springfield goalie Nikolas Markos who made eleven saves on the evening.   

The Lions continued on their trend of striking early by scoring in the first 3 minutes of the game.  Jonny Brown served up a perfect ball, on a free kick, to Dan “Beano” Meagher who headed a ball near post for a 1-0 lead.  Jonny Brown opened his own goal scoring account in the 38th minute when Lions goalie Nate Thackery drove a ball up field to Bean who flicked the ball past the Springfield defenders to a charging Jonny Brown who slotted the ball past the outstretched Springfield goalie Markos. 
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