Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STLFC Gets a Draw with Tampa Bay, Stays Undefeated after Three Games

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

STLFC Gets a Draw with Tampa Bay, Stays Undefeated after Three Games

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Through three games, St. Louis FC is undefeated and unsatisfied.

STLFC tied Tampa Bay 1-1 on Saturday at the Soccer Park, letting a 1-0 lead slip away on a penalty kick in the 76th minute of a meeting of two of the four teams in the league with 2-0 records. The tie left STLFC at 2-0-1, matching the best three-game start in club history, and they have done it against three teams expected to be among the toughest in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship.

They really wanted those two other points.

"Frustrating," said captain Sam Fink, whose header in the 26th minute had put STLFC ahead. "I thought we were on top of them for the most of the game. I thought we could have had three points. But a point at home isn't the end of the world."

"We left points on the table today," said goalie Jake Fenlason. "It's not something we want to do often and we could right now be 3-0."

Getting even the tie took some work. In a chippy game with 36 fouls called that turned the game into one of stops and starts, Tampa Bay took it to STLFC in the closing stages of the first half and much of the second half. It was only after Tampa Bay got even that STLFC woke up and went on the attack again. And they almost got the goal. On the game's final play, Fink headed a corner kick on the Tampa Bay goal that keeper John McCarthy had to make a diving save on to protect the tie for the Rowdies.

"We probably played our best football the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes," STLFC coach Anthony Pulis said. "It wasn't the greatest of games and probably you could argue a draw was a fair result."

Still, the start of the season is notable for STLFC. They opened the season by beating Indy Eleven at home, then went on the road to win at Nashville and got a tie with Tampa Bay that was a bounce or two away from being a win. They have allowed two goals in those three games, one on a penalty kick and another on a series of plays that were set in motion by a penalty kick. …

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