Rochester, NY – Saint Louis FC fell 2-1 against the Rochester Rhinos at Capelli Sport Stadium in Week 23 of the USL regular season. The team continues their road trip with an away match against Toronto FC II on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:30 pm CT.
Saint Louis FC opened the scoring in the 3rd minute thanks to a thunderbolt shot from Ryan Howe off a set piece situation. Rochester was immediately brought back into the game with a Wal Fall penalty conversion in the 7th minute before Jochen Graf scored the winner in the 55th minute. The loss keeps Saint Louis FC in 11th place in the Eastern Conference while Rochester moves into 5th place.
The game started at a frenetic pace as Saint Louis FC found themselves ahead in the 3rd minute. Dragan Stojkov cleverly laid off the ball from a free kick to Howe who smashed his left foot through it to find the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Rochester would soon answer as STLFC forward Seth Rudolph was adjudged to handle the ball off the goal line to earn a straight red card in the 6th minute. Fall would step up and convert the penalty in the 7th minute to equalize for Rochester. STLFC goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, a former Rochester Rhino, made a number of fine saves through the remainder of the first half to keep the team level with only 10-men, particularly in the 41stminute as Fall found some space and ripped a shot that was well parried.
The second half started conservatively for Saint Louis FC as they looked to earn a result. However, Rochester would find the breakthrough in the 55th minute as Graf was found at the back post with a great cross from Christiano Francois to give the home side the lead. STLFC coach Preki made a number of substitutions to fight back for a result, including putting on forward Tyler Feeley for his debut in the 58th minute. Saint Louis would create some chances throughout the second half, most notably in the 83rd minute as Sebastian Dalgaard was found in space at the top of the box but had his effort blocked for a corner kick. Rochester would hold on to see out the win and claim all three points.