After launching their inaugural sanctioned match in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) last weekend, St. Louis Lions WPSL has a pair of games on the docket this weekend and aims to push towards the upper-level of their respective conference standings when the final whistle blows.
St. Louis (0-1) travels to Kansas City on Saturday to face KC Courage in a WPSL Heartland Conference tilt at 5 p.m. Then on Sunday at 2 p.m., Lions WSPL continues conference play by hosting Des Moines Menace Women at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex (2 Woodlands Parkway, Cottleville, MO).
St. Louis was dealt a 3-0 loss in their season opener against Kansas City Athletics Pride last Saturday in Overland Park, Kansas. The match saw the Lions trailing 1-0 at intermission and attempted to claim an equalizer in the second but fell short. The conference-leading Pride (2-0) netted a pair of goals from Cece Kizer to secure victory.
St. Louis looks to rebound from the setback and notch their inaugural sanctioned win in the Saturday evening road showdown with KC Courage. At the squad’s exhibition game two weekends ago at the aforementioned Cottleville pitch against Springfield (MO) Demize, goals were recorded by Christina Rodriguez, Mackenzie Rief, Alex Johnson and Lexi Pommer.
Goalie Olivia Silverman and a hungry defensive corps is set on giving the newly-minted franchise its historical first win.
KC Courage (0-1) fell to the aforementioned Pride, 4-1, at their season opener last Sunday. In the contest, forward Brooklynn Meinke netted the team’s lone goal thanks to Ann Murphy’s assist.
Due to early triangulation involving the undefeated Pride, Saturday’s Lions/Courage meeting is considered a highly-anticipated match-up. Whoever gains the advantage will have an edge in the five-team conference hierarchy.
Meanwhile the Lions’ Sunday afternoon foe, Des Moines (currently 0-1), also seeks upward trajectory following a 4-0 setback to Heartland compatriot Fire & Ice SC last weekend. The Menace will have a rematch against Fire & Ice in Belleville the night prior, so they can ill-afford to finish the weekend winless.
Without a doubt, Lions WPSL have their most-pivotal games awaiting them at this early stage. A two-game sweep is the goal.
Tickets for Sunday’s game in Cottleville are $10 apiece for adults and $5 for children ages 6-18.
Arch City Media will be on-site for Sunday’s game vs. Des Moines and will have a full recap posted on Monday.