Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STLFC Makes Triumphant Return to Soccer Park

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STLFC Makes Triumphant Return to Soccer Park

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Playing their first home game since April 22 due to major flooding along the Meramec River, St. Louis FC rewarded a crowd of 4,477 with a solid 2-0 victory over Toronto FC II Friday night at Soccer Park in Fenton.

The win snapped a five-game winless streak in United Soccer League play for STLFC (4-3-3). Toronto FC II fell to 1-7-4. The Reds have not won since opening the season with a 1-0 victory over Phoenix on March 25.

"It felt amazing," STLFC defender A.J. Cochran said. "It's been a long month or so, had some tough away games. Obviously being back in front of the Louligans and our amazing fans was definitely the energy we needed to get out there and get the three points."

STLFC coach Preki Radosavlijevic added: "It's been difficult, not just for us but for everybody in the club. We stuck together, dealt with the situation and put our heads down and worked through it. I have to give credit to our group; they've been very professional, no excuses about anything.

"And tonight, there wasn't anybody who didn't give us everything they had."

STLFC grabbed the lead in the 23rd minute when Cochran, a CBC High product, headed in a corner from Mehlville High grad Emir Alihodzic.

"Emir asked me why I wasn't at the far post for the previous two kicks, so I knew I had to make sure I was there for the third one," Cochran said. "The ball hung up and I was able to put it away."

The goal came against Toronto FC II goalkeeper Mark Pais, a Ladue High product who played for STLFC the past two seasons.

"Mark's too nice a guy to trash talk," Cochran kidded. "But getting that first goal was huge, giving us a little bit of momentum."

STLFC nearly added to its lead about three minutes later. Christian Volesky made a strong run down the right side, cut to the middle and split a pair of Toronto defenders with a pass to Sebastian Dalgaard, who slid his low shot just past the far post. …

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