Just thirty days ago, St. Louis Lions WPSL launched their inaugural season within the Women’s Premier Soccer League, which marked the re-appearance of the women’s outdoor game since 2008.
With a highly-competitive eight-game docket presented in front of them, the Lions finished the season 2-2-4 for 10 points in the WPSL Heartland Conference.
The ledger included Sunday’s 3-0 road setback to Des Moines Menace WPSL at Valley Stadium.
Deadlocked 0-0 at intermission, the Menace (3-3-1, 10 points) netted second-half goals from Amber Matthew, Abby Stephenson and Ketsiah Nehr to claim the win and extend their four-game point streak of three victories and one draw.
Sunday’s result gave both teams a regular-season split between the pair.
Even though they finished their initial season with a loss, St. Louis gained a lot of traction and respect in the one-month sprint. As a highlight, the Lions’ earned a pair of draws against defending WPSL National Champions Fire & Ice SC.
Numerous Lions’ players are set to continue their collegiate careers later this year. Seven players return for the St. Louis University Lady Billikens while a quintet competes for Maryville University for their 2018 season.
With the play displayed in their rookie campaign, the projection of numerous starters returning next summer and the potential of talented locals to join the franchise down the road, the future is certainly bright for the Lions.