Riverhounds earn draw in 1st road game of season
The Riverhounds are bringing something home from their first road trip of the season.
Vini Dantas’ first goal for the Riverhounds canceled out a first-half goal by Brandon Barklage, and the Riverhounds came away with a 1-1 draw Saturday in the first USL home game for expansion St. Louis.
Dantas tied the game and silenced the crowd of 5,280 in the 73rd minute with a close-range strike that came from a nice passing sequence down the right flank by the Riverhounds (1-1-1).
Kevin Kerr tracked down a long pass, and he and Lebo Moloto worked a give-and-go that allowed Kerr to find Stephen Okai for a shot from the top of the penalty area.
Okai’s shot was blocked by the defense, but the ball fell to the feet of Dantas, and the Brazilian indoor soccer veteran showed his foot skill in traffic to turn and drive a shot into the open net.
Barklage got the goal for St. Louis (1-1-1) from a corner kick as the result of a pair of defensive miscues by the Riverhounds.
The St. Louis defensive midfielder was left unmarked in the center of the box, and he scored the easy goal after Riverhounds goalkeeper Ryan Thompson misplayed the inswinging corner kick from Patrick Doody under pressure from an attacker at the near post.
Thompson made amends just after halftime with a big save on his fellow Jamaican, St. Louis striker Jermie Lynch. Lynch collected the rebound of a shot by Jamiel Hardware on the left side just 6 yards from goal, but Thompson scrambled across his goal to make the point-blank save and keep the Riverhounds in range to earn the draw.