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KVFC Home Opener Recap

By Nathan Swaffar, 05/23/22, 11:30AM CDT


Kaw Valley FC splits double-head with St. Louis as men suffer defeat,
women pick up impressive victory in inaugural match.

Men’s: KVFC 1 | St. Louis 3
In its season-opener, the men’s Kaw Valley FC squad lost to St. Louis 3-1 after a second half that saw four goals scored between the two teams.
The first half saw a gritty battle in the middle of the pitch with both squads vying for control of the field. The Cranes struggled to find attacking consistency going forward with only a single shot in the opening half. However, the Lions suffered from similar struggles at the same time during the first half as they only managed two shots of their own. Both teams headed into the locker room looking for an edge in the final third and hoped to do so in the second half. The second frame saw an uptick of intensity in nearly every facet of the game. The Cranes came out firing early with a shot just out of the half, setting the tone for what would be a thrilling second half. A few minutes later in the 51st minute, Max Trejo made one of his three saves on the day to keep St. Louis out of the back of the net with an incredible kick-save. But, only a minute later, the Lions would fire home the opening goal of the game off the head of Sam Rowan. The Cranes would answer with the equalizer 13 minutes later in the 70th minute after Max Jasper scored off a deflection from the keeper to even the score with 20 minutes to play. However, the Lions stepped up the pressure after the Kaw Valley goal and found the go-ahead score six minutes later after a giveaway in the back led to a 3-on-1 attack for St. Louis as they took back the lead with only 14 minutes left to play. The Lions delivered the dagger in the 85th minute after Joseph McInnes delivered the third goal for St. Louis and left little time for the Cranes to find a comeback. St. Louis would close out the game and claim the 3-1 victory over Kaw Valley FC. The men will return to action next Thursday when they play FC Wichita at Swope Soccer Village. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Women’s KVFC 3 | St. Louis 1
In its inaugural match, the women’s Kaw Valley FC squad put on an impressive performance at Rock Chalk Park as the Cranes defeated the St. Louis Lions 3-1, led by a goal and an assist from Raena Childers.

Although the Lions proved to be the team to get off on the right foot with some early pressure, the Cranes quickly compensated and upped the intensity through the first 10 minutes. Childers produced the first legitimate scoring opportunity for the Cranes when she put in a shot
on goal that produced a great save from the Lions’ keeper to keep Kaw Valley off the score sheet. The opening goal came just a few minutes later when Kate Gibson put in a great cross which Hailey Palmer finished with a header to open the scoring and put the Cranes in front in the 16th minute. Palmer almost scored her second of the day in the 27th minute but a kick-save from the St. Louis keeper kept the lead at one. St. Louis found an equalizer six minutes later in the 33rd minute when a long-range shot just snuck under Crane goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm. The two
would enter the locker room tied at one apiece. The second half would enter a slow stalemate as both teams tried to find any advantage over
the other, but the Cranes would begin to apply pressure deeper into the half and eventually found the go-ahead goal. Childers scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute off a great pass from Gibson to take a 2-1
lead, but the Cranes weren’t done yet. In the 76th minute, Childers played a long-ball over the backline where Adah Anderson finished it to make the score 3-1 with 14 minutes to play. Kaw Valley would finish out the game on defense and would take home the 3-1 victory in its inaugural match. Childers finished with a goal and an assist, Gibson finished with two assists, and Palmer finished with a goal.

The Cranes will hit the road and travel to St. Louis to face off with the Lions next Wednesday, May 25. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.