FC Wichita Falls In Road Match
FC Wichita's DJ Dean attempts a cross in the first half against St. Louis Scott Gallagher [Charles Chaney/FC Wichita]
FENTON, Missouri—Despite a solid defensive effort, FC Wichita was handed their second defeat of the season with a 2-0 loss to St. Louis Scott Gallagher on Monday night at the West Community Stadium in Fenton, Missouri.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s only goals came on penalty kicks in the 39th and 86th minute, respectively.
In their first road match in almost two years, FC Wichita found aggression, early getting into the attacking third but much like their match on Saturday, they were unable to finish in the box.
DJ Dean had a great opportunity in the match’s eighth minute. Dean would have another great opportunity in the first half with a cross into the box but a miscommunication saw the entry pass sail through the box with no attempt.
St. Louis Gallagher peppered the net all evening, tallying 22 shots on the evening. However, it wouldn’t be until the 39th minute when a take down in the box was called by the center ref. St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Jack Lynn put it home for the game’s first goal.
St. Louis Scott Gallagher led 1-0 at halftime.
FC Wichita put seven shots on goal in the second half, including four in the match’s final 16 minutes. Blake Arndt, who came in as a substitute in the 59th minute sent a screamer but it was deflected by a SLSG defender. Arndt also had a bending free kick that sailed just over the woodwork.
The match would be put out of reach when another penalty was awarded in the 86th minute and John Klein would finish the try for the 2-0 final score.
Ryan Khedoo led FC Wichita with three shot attempts.
FC Wichita returns to the pitch for their third match in seven days as they travel to Lawrence to play Kaw Valley (1-0) at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 29. The match will take place at Rock Chalk Park, home of the University of Kansas soccer.
NOTES: Tonight’s game at St. Louis Scott Gallagher was FC Wichita’s first true road match since June 29, 2019… Kieran Laking, a veteran of FC Wichita, stepped on the pitch as a substitute in the 59th minute. Laking has been with FC Wichita since 2017 and has seen time with the sister club, Wichita Wings… 21-year old Eric Carter saw his first minutes with the club, as he checked in for Ben Andoh in the 70th minute…