With the last kick of the game, St. Louis FC captain Phanuel Kavita fired in off the post to spoil what would have been a third straight win for Sporting Kansas City II.
Four days removed from Saturday’s win over the Indy Eleven, Paulo Nagamura made three changes to his starting lineup as Kaveh Rad returned to the back line with Camden Riley in the midfield and Enoch Mushagalusa on the wing.
The first half ended scoreless with Sporting KC II passing up two big chances from Enoch Mushagalusa and Fredinho Mompremier. Sporting KC II found the opener in 56th minute after Wilson Harris’ shot was saved by the keeper, but Enoch Mushagalusa pounced on the rebound to make it 1-0.
With a handful of missed opportunities from both sides, St. Louis was able to find the equalizer with the last kick of the game in the sixth minute of stoppage time after STL captain Phanuel Kavita slammed it in off the post to rescue the home side a point.
Still unbeaten from their last three, Sporting KC II remain in third place on seven points from Group E. St. Louis remains three points in front of SKC II to have a hold of the second place spot.
While this result was not what SKC II would have wanted after pulling ahead, perhaps dropping points in this fashion will keep things in perspective for them. Not their best performance, but they did create a lot of chances, just couldn’t apply the finish more often than not.
Both Enoch Mushagaulsa and Fredinho Mompremier were heavily involved and had a real impact, something that has been a struggle for the pair. But still, there were instances of holding on to the ball for a bit too long. The most frustrating aspect of the loss will be all the missed opportunities to go 2-0 up as Fredinho Mompremier, Wilson Harris, and Dominik Resetar missed glorious chances that would have essentially killed off any comeback that St. Louis had.
Sporting KC II will now have a well deserved seven days rest before the road warriors return to the road for their third visit to Louisville on Wednesday, August 12th.
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