St. Louis Lions WPSL, the St. Charles County affiliate of the Women’s Professional Soccer League (WPSL), returns to action Sunday afternoon with a home contest against the Dayton Dutch Lions.
The battle of Pantheras takes place at 2 p.m. at the Tony Glavin Soccer Complex in Cottleville. Both teams compete in the WPSL Midwestern Conference and each crave their first victory of the season.
The Lions launched their 2021 docket last weekend and suffered a pair of setbacks. The team fell to Lady Victory FC 9-1 in Westfield, Indiana last Saturday.
In the contest, Lions forward Kat Van Booven broke the team’s goose egg at the 70-minute mark for her first goal of the season.
The team was able to settle down the following day and put forward a better collective effort against Indianapolis’ FC Pride at their Cottleville home pitch.
Trailing 2-0 thirty minutes in, Van Booven claimed her second goal of the season at the 33-minute mark to cut the gap in half.
FC Pride claimed another goal deep in the frame and possessed a 3-1 lead at intermission.
Van Booven sliced the score to 3-2 with her third goal of the season recorded at the 55-minute mark.
FC Pride nabbed a 4-2 lead at the 65-minute mark and maintained the differential for the two-goal victory that dropped the Lions to 0-2.
Even in defeat, all will agree that the Lions played a much-more disciplined game in the weekend’s back-half and will use that positive energy to potentially claim their first win of the season this Sunday.
Dayton Dutch Lions (0-1-2) are also looking for their first triumph of the season. The Ohio squad claimed 2-2 ties each against FC Pride and Columbus but was shut out by Cleveland Sirens, 3-0, last month.
The highly-competitive, seven team, WPSL Midwestern Conference has already seen a lot of activity through two weeks and neither squad competing Sunday can afford to find themselves at the bottom of the standings this early in the season.
As a result, one can anticipate that this tussle between Lions will be very intense.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-to-18 while children five and under get in free.
For more info on Lions WPSL, go to their official website.
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