Ryan Stewart (Aguilera) 27’
Ricardo Pierre Louis (Stewart) 34’
Steve Gillespie (Stewart) 68’
The Cleveland City Stars found a bright spot in what has otherwise been a dark season, knocking off the PDL’s St. Louis Lions 3-0, and advancing to the Second Round of the US Open Cup.
Cleveland opened the scoring after 27 minutes, when Ryan Stewart headed home a Roland Aguilera corner kick. Cleveland increased their advantage seven minutes later, as forward Ricardo Pierre-Louis sent a rocket shot past Lions goalkeeper Brenton Saylor.
The City Stars were given a prime chance to make it 3-0 when Saylor handled the ball outside the penalty area. While Troy Roberts headed the free kick just outside the goal, rookie midfielder Steve Gillespie scored his first goal as a pro just a minute later, with the help of Ryan Stewart’s second assist of the night.
Cleveland will now travel to Marina Auto Stadium to face the Rochester Rhinos in the Second Round on June 16.
St. Louis: Brenton Saylor; Sam Gelven, Tyler Schaefering, David Mueller, Marc Bowron (Brett Gregory 45); Martin Clayes, Oliver Dyson, Ross Hopkins, Nestor Hernandez (Jona Andrade 84); Jonathan Brown, Stephen Brocks (Brian Harris 74)
Cleveland: Evan Bush; Troy Roberts, Stephane Guillaume, Gordon Kljestan, Ibrahim Kante (Paul Ballard); Pato Aguilera, Ryan Stewart, Warren Kanu (Terrence McAllister 78), Godfrey Tenoff (Steve Gillespie 64); Leo Gibson, Ricardo Pierre-Louis
Shots: STL 10, CLE 13
Fouls: STL 10, CLE 14
Corners: STL 3, CLE 6
Saves: STL 1, CLE 4
Offsides: STL 1, CLE 5
Referees: Mikael Lundqvist, Sorin Stoica, Michael Kinder, Jeffrey Mellen