REAL MONARCHS SLC SHUTS OUT SAINT LOUIS FC 1-0
FW Chandler Hoffman Nets Sixth Goal of 2018;
GK Connor Sparrow Makes Eight Saves in Return to Hometown to Earn the Shutout;
Monarchs Have Now Claimed Seven Shutouts in 15 Outings in 2018 to Keep Pace Atop League Standings
FENTON, Missouri (Saturday, June 16, 2018) – Real Monarchs SLC (11-3-1, 34 points 1 West) held off Saint Louis FC 1-0 on Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Toyota Stadium in Missouri. A standout performance from GK Connor Sparrow and a penalty kick goal from FW Chandler Hoffman were enough for the league-leaders to claim the full three points.
The Monarchs took the lead in the 15th minute when DF David Horst was brought down inside the penalty area on a set piece, giving the visitors a penalty kick. Hoffman stepped up to the spot to dispatch his fourth goal in his last four matches. Despite scoring first in the match, the Monarchs were forced to defend several Saint Louis chances in the first half. MF Justin Portillo did well to head away a world-class clearance off the goal line to keep the hosts off the board and the score in favor of the Monarchs entering the break.
An offensive onslaught from Saint Louis told the story of the second half with the Monarchs only chances coming from opportunities on the break. DF. Andrew Brody held the best scoring chance of the second half, but his curling effort ended up in the outstretched arms of Saint Louis goalkeeper Tomas Gomez.
The Monarchs would hold off a late match push that saw the hosts pepper the goal, but Sparrow held firm to keep the scoreline 1-0 and secure the club’s 11th victory in 2018.
UP NEXT: The Monarchs return to the friendly confines of Zions Bank Stadium on Tuesday, June 26th to face Fresno FC for the second time in 2018. Kick off for the match in Herriman is set for 8:00 p.m. MT.
SLC: Chandler Hoffman (Penalty), 15th minute: Monarchs defender David Horst was blindsided during a corner kick to draw the penalty in the early stages. Hoffman stepped up and buried the penalty, sending the goalkeeper right as he calmly placed the ball into the left side-netting.
KET SAVES AND DEFENSIVE STOPS:
SLC – Connor Sparrow, 46th minute: A corner kick swung out near the penalty area found the head of Saint Louis defender Sam Fink. Fink’s powerful header looked destined for the back of the net put Sparrow did well to fully extend and parry the ball around the post for a corner kick.
- FW Chandler Hoffman notched his team-leading sixth goal of 2018 with his penalty kick goal in the first half.
- GK Connor Sparrow earned the shutout in his hometown after record eight saves including several highlight reel moments.
- The Monarchs have now earned seven shutouts across 15 matches this season.
Match: Real Monarchs SLC at Saint Louis FC
Date: June 16, 2018
Venue: Toyota Stadium; Fenton, Missouri
Weather: Sunny and 92 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
Real Monarchs SLC 1 0 1
Saint Louis FC 0 0 0
SLC: Chandler Hoffman (Penalty) 15’
Real Monarchs SLC (4-4-2): Connor Sparrow; Andrew Brody, David Horst, Nick Besler, Kalen Ryden; Justin Portillo, Charlie Adams (Jame Moberg, 90’+2), Maikel Chang (Rhys Williams, 85’), Josh Heard; Chandler Hoffman (Jose Hernandez, 61’), Juan Ignacio Mare
Subs not used: Jake Leeker, Michael Gallagher, Konrad Plewa, Masta Kacher
Saint Louis FC (4-5-1): Tomas Gomez; Phanuel Kavita, Sam Fink, Sean Reynolds, Aiden Stanley; Joey Calistri, Wall Fall (Seth Rudolph, 68’), Lewis Hilton, Kadeem Dacres; Kyle Greig, Albert Dikwa
Subs not used: Jake Fenlason, Jack Maher, Austin Ledbetter, Kyle Culbertson
Stats Summary: STL/SLC
Shots: 18 / 11
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 2
Fouls: 9 / 8
Offside: 3 / 2
SLC – David Horst (caution) 25’
SLC – Josh Heard (caution) 42’
STL – Phanuel Kavita (caution) 59’
Referee: Daniel Gutierrez
Assistant Referees: Tom Kuczwara, Jared Palmer
4th Official: Daniel Ortega