Kansas City Sol Defeats Club Atletico Saint Louis 3-1 in Gateway Conference Play

By Joey Shondell/Kansas City Sol

Kansas City Sol found another three points and a seat at the top of the Gateway Conference with a 3-1 win over Club Atletico Saint Louis.  A first half with disjointed play and both teams trying to unlock the defenses eventually led to an excellent set piece goal by Saint Louis.  Halftime saw a formation change to Sol’s team but similar tactics from Saint Louis.  Three goals followed the Sol’s second-half adjustments, leading to a 3-1 victory headed into the big rivalry weekend versus Sunflower State FC.

“We were playing against a quality team today in Saint Louis, started off a little slow, and they came at us when we were at a slow tempo, and we switched on in the second half, and that worked for us,” Sol head coach Huw Williams said. 

The first half was certainly in the hands of Saint Louis as they controlled the lion’s share of the chances with the Sol’s passing looking broken.  

The Saint Louis goal scored by defender Daniel Dixon in the 21st minute was pushed past Sol goalkeeper Tommy Williams after it was played in from a dead ball. 

“Yeah, obviously tough way to concede, we played this team awa,y and we scored two similar goals off set pieces like a scramble in the box,” Tommy Williams said. “Overall, I thought the run of play and defense was good, we just need to clean up those small moments where the ball is bouncing in the box and we need to get scrappy, we are not the tallest team.”

The second half saw a slight formation change and new plan for the Sol.  Passes and chances started to trend away from Saint Louis as the clock ran past the 70th minute.  Still down 1-0, midfielder Mikey Lenis played a sharp through ball to forward Jack McIntyre who turned his defender and scored past the keeper.  This is McIntyre’s second goal in two games.  His form has been vital as games come thick and fast this time of the season. 

“We started out a little rough in the first half and felt good to get the goal to get us back in the game and one goal came after another with a lot of energy in the second half and we showed what we are worth,” McIntyre said.

Sol’s potent attack continued with a go-ahead goal in the 84th minute by Mikey Lenis. 

Lenis straddled the end line, beating a defender before placing a low angle and curling shot past the Saint Louis keeper. 

“Feels good to help the team out and finally play at home with people out here supporting us,” Lenis said. 

A late substitution saw speedy winger Tony Rangel enter the match.  This meant that it was time for the Sol to score another goal.  Rangel has now scored in two straight home games, and he is looking forward to Saturday’s match versus local rival Sunflower State FC.  The winner of that match will be in the driving seat for the conference title. 

 

Photo Credit: Huw Williams/Kansas City Sol

 

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