Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cicciarelli a Super Sub in Second Game with STLFC

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cicciarelli a Super Sub in Second Game with STLFC

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St. Louis FC's Vince Cicciarelli made his professional soccer debut as a substitute in a 3-0 loss to the LA Galaxy II on March 30.

"We were already down and the game was pretty much over," the 23- year-old said. "But at least I got a chance to get out there and play a little bit."

Three days later, against the Orange County Blues, Cicciarelli again came off the bench this time with the score tied at 1 and produced a pair of late goals as STLFC won 3-1 for its first victory of its second United Soccer League season.

"I knew I had a chance to impact the game and it played out really well for me," said Cicciarelli, whose first two professional goals helped him earn USL Player of the Week honors. "It was great, being able to come in and contribute."

And it was huge for STLFC, which opened the season with frustrating losses to Real Monarchs in Salt Lake City and to Galaxy II.

"We're thrilled for Vince, obviously, being able to come in and score like that should really help his confidence. But it was also an important win for the guys," said STLFC coach Dale Schilly, whose 1-2 club plays Saturday in Oklahoma City (0-1) before making its home debut April 16 against the Tulsa Roughnecks. "We gave the goal in stoppage time (in a 1-0 loss to the Monarchs) and then gave up two right before halftime in LA. ... After both those games, the locker room was a little tense.

"But we fought through it and got the result we needed to get against the Blues."

Cicciarelli put STLFC on top for the first time in 2016 when he converted a pass from Jamiel Hardware in the 88th minute and then finished off a breakaway pass from De Smet product Mike Ambersley in stoppage time.

A Peoria, Ill., native, Cicciarelli completed his college soccer career last fall at St. Louis University after transferring from Notre Dame and spent considerable time playing in St. …

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