After a successful exhibition victory last weekend in their franchise launcher, St. Louis Lions WPSL is primed for their first sanctioned match in a Show-Me State battle Saturday night.
Both squads begin play within the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) Central Region’s Heartland Conference and the winner gains an early edge in the five-team conference complexion.
St. Louis netted a 4-0 exhibition victory over Springfield (MO) Demize at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in Cottleville this past Sunday. In the friendly, the Lions scored two quick goals within the match’s first four minutes.
Christina Rodriguez, Mackenzie Rief, Alex Johnson and Lexi Pommer each claimed goals in the triumph and goalie Olivia Silverman recorded a shutout while supported by a solid defense that only allowed two shots on net in a weather-shortened event.
Saturday’s opponent, KC Athletics Pride, competed last season in the WPSL as GSI Pride and in their inaugural campaign won the Heartland Conference with a 7-0-1 record. Pride defender Sinclair Miramontez currently plays for the Utah Royals of the National Women’s Soccer League and the charter contains numerous athletes that currently competes at upper-echelon levels.
The team’s next game at home is on Sunday, June10 versus Des Moines Menace. Tickets are $10 apiece for adults and $5 for children ages 6-18.