MINNEAPOLIS, MN (June 25, 2022) – Peoria City, fresh off of a 4-1 loss at home to Des Moines, had a quick turn around on the road to take on a hungry Minneapolis City SC squad in search of their first win. Earning a 2-0 victory Saturday, Peoria City improved to 4-0-1 in its five road matches this season.
Peoria City didn’t waste any time getting on the board. Forward Tim Ennin saw a wide-open net inside the 18 and put the ball into the back of the net giving the visitors the early 1-0 in the eighth minute. Peoria City would control possession and the pace of play for the rest of the half. However, no more goals would be scored and Peoria City ended the half up 1-0.
The second half was a little more even as both teams were able to get their fair share of chances. However, it was Ennin once again striking the ball with his right foot at the top of the 18 and sending it into the bottom right corner of the net in the 64th minute, extending the Peoria City lead to 2-0.
Minneapolis would then make some substitutions late in the match and from then on they generated more chances. Their best chance of the match was at 90+1’ when a Minneapolis forward had a point blank shot at Edgar Vargas but the Peoria City keeper was able to get down and make the save. Not long after, the referee blew the whistle signaling the end of the match.
Peoria City improves to 4-2-3 overall, maintaining second place in the USL League Two Deep North Division standings with 15 points, while Minneapolis City falls to 0-7-2 (2 points).
Peoria City will be returning home for its final two home games on July 1st and 3rd against FC Manitoba and Thunder Bay, respectively. Sunday’s match against Thunder Bay will pivotal in the race to the League Two playoffs. While Peoria City currently sits second with its 15 points, Thunder Bay (3-1-2, 11 points) has played three fewer games and actually is second in the division in points per game (1.83 compared to Peoria City’s 1.67). The top two teams in the final standings will qualify for the League Two playoffs.
Tickets for Peoria City home games start at just $5 and are available for purchase in advance online at peoriacitysoccer.com or by visiting Peoria City Five Bar locations The Fieldhouse Bar & Grill, The Fox Pub & Cafe and Pour Bros. Craft Taproom.