Club Atletico Saint Louis and Little Rock draw, 1-1

by Peyton Rives

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Club Atletico Saint Louis (1-3-2) and Little Rock (3-3-1) drew, 1-1, on Saturday evening under the lights of War Memorial Stadium.

As the score indicated, the game was very balanced between both teams. Each team had multiple dangerous offensive possessions, but both CASTL and Little Rock’s defenses came up with big saves. Going into halftime, the score was 0-0.

The Bluebirds, similar to their previous game against the Rangers, were the first to find the back of the net.

In the 52nd minute, CASTL was awarded a corner kick. After working the ball over to Alsadiq Hasan, he crossed it over the Little Rock defense and straight to Josh Ward. Ward stuck his leg out and drive the ball past the keeper, giving the away team the 1-0 lead.

The goal marked Ward’s first of the season. He joins Liam Collins, Alsadiq Hasan, Eric Lopez and Adama Kante, who each have scored at least one goal.

The lead did not last long, though, as Little Rock’s Lance Crabtree found the net in the 62nd minute, leveling the game.

For the remainder of the game, both teams traded offensive attacks but were unable to score the go-ahead goal to gain three points.

One Bluebird, Brian Mbauni, did leave the game with an injury, and the team was forced to play down a man for the remainder of the game due to lack of substitutes.

Down a player, the Bluebirds found it more difficult to attack on offense, allowing the Rangers to have a few close opportunities near the end of the game, but Little Rock was unable to convert.

As CASTL gained one point, they remain in fourth place in the Heartland Conference standings, which would qualify for the playoffs if the season ended today.

Next week, the Bluebirds continue on the road, as they travel to Kansas to take on FC Wichita for the second time this season. In the Bluebirds opening game, they drew against Wichita. The game is set for 7:00 p.m. CT on Sunday, June 23.

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