Beautiful night on a beautiful pitch at Robert E Hermann Stadium in St Louis Wednesday. Missouri State and St Louis University, last seen battling for the opportunity to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament, renewed acquaintances for a Spring exhibition match. As a player and a coach, once you reach this level you never want to lose but I’ve also learned to take these games with a grain of salt. It’s a good opportunity to try things and in the case of new SLU Coach Mike McGinty, learn more about your team under game conditions.
All this to preface a result that was a positive one for our local boys as Jordan Hoffman, as promised at half time, scored for the Bear’s in the 66th minute. The young man was also removed from the game before the ensuing restart when his ‘banter’ with SLU forward Mike Roach reached a level that the referee felt warranted a red card. So much for a simple Spring match between these two teams.
For the Billikens, both Devon Newport (Glendale/SSC) and Ryan Moses (Kickapoo/SSC) were in the starting line up and played the majority of the match. Good stuff tonight which you can see in the photos and I’ll throw up one or two videos tomorrow.
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