AC St. Louis Hold Vancouver To 0-0 Draw
ST. LOUIS, MO - AC St. Louis, playing in the USSF Division 2 Pro League, drew the first-place Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 on Saturday night at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park in front of 2,432. AC St. Louis' season record now stands at 2-7-2. Dale Schilly made his debut as head coach for AC St. Louis. The match was his first ever as a head coach for a professional club. The shutout was the fourth in a row in all competitions by AC St. Louis, who remain unbeaten in their last four games.
"I was really happy with the performance. I thought we would have to absorb more pressure than we did," reflected Schilly. "As for scoring goals we did a great job trying to put the ball into the net. Vancouver's goalie made a couple of great saves."
In an otherwise laid back first half, mainly due to the intense heat, AC St. Louis got the first great chance of the game when a good ball was laid off to Mike Ambersley on the top of the 18-yard box. Ambersley's shot was blocked on its way towards goal, but the resulting rebound came off the hand of St. Louis' Jeff Cosgriff negating any chance for a second chance strike.
Mike Ambersley was on the scene again for AC St. Louis' first good chance in the second half. Ambersley was fed a ball directly to his right foot by Gauchinho. Ambersley's well-struck shot was directly at Vancouver keeper Jay Nolly. Minutes later Gauchinho won a free kick six yards outside the 18-yard box, but AC St. Louis could not come up with a shot to test Nolly. Ambersley was on the spot again in the 82nd minute as he broke in on the left and whistled a shot just wide of the far post. Gauchino himself nearly netted a game winner in the 86th minute as his shot took a deflection on its way to goal. Jay Nolly, coming up big again, was able to stay with the shot to make a crucial, albeit slightly awkward save.
Vancouver was reduced to 10 men in the 65th minute when Cornelius Stewart received his second yellow card in just four minutes. However, AC St. Louis could not break through, ending the game in a scoreless draw. Up next for AC St. Louis is the Los Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday night, June 29 from The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The MLS Galaxy will host St. Louis in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
AC St. Louis returns home next Saturday night for a July 3 match against the Carolina Railhawks. Tickets are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-888-STL-GOAL, or by visiting www.ac-stlouis.com.
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