USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, March 17, 2016
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Saint Louis FC played to a 1-1 draw with Indy Eleven and took a 2-1 victory against the University of Evansville on Wednesday in a pair of preseason scrimmages at McCutchan Stadium.
The contest between STL FC and Indy was the first professional game staged at McCutchen Stadium on UE’s campus, and Saint Louis took the lead early in the second half when El Salvador international Irvin Herrera got in behind the Indy defense to open the scoring.
Indy hit back in the 64th minute as Don Smart leveled the score, but Saint Louis Coach Dale Schilly was pleased with what he saw overall from his side, particularly the play of Herrera up front.
“Irvin had three legitimate chances and scored the goal on his last chance.” said Schilly. “He's looking to always try to score goals and as the guys get an understanding about where he would like to receive the ball, he'll have a lot of chances to score goals.”
Earlier in the day, Jordan Roberts scored both goals as Saint Louis defeated the day’s hosts. Roberts opened the scoring against the Purple Aces in the 25th minute, and then added another five minutes after the halftime break. Evansville answered with seven minutes to go, but STL FC held on to secure victory.
“Jordan is a guy who is very good with the ball at his feet,” said Schilly of Roberts. “He had probably three or four chances but both goals were taken very well. He's just a very good box forward.”
Saint Louis will conclude its preseason on Saturday as it visits Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville ahead of the club’s opening game of the season against Real Monarchs SLC. Schilly said he was pleased with where the side stood as it entered the start of the regular season.“It's been a very productive preseason,” Schilly said. “We've developed our style of play from Charleston to now. Obviously the weather has been good, but with a bit more fitness and a bit more refinement we'll be close to being absolutely ready for the game against the Monarchs.”