With the side’s grit and determination on full display on the pristine expanse of the Metro Soccer Complex, an undermanned St. Petersburg Swans battled hard in two nail-biting matches in Nashville Saturday.

Competing in the Nashville Kangaroos’ 20th Anniversary Season Homecoming Tournament, and faced with a daunting schedule that saw them in both 1PM and 3PM matches after long-distance travel, St. Petersburg rallied impressively in both matches, posted leads in both, and showed all of the impressive fight that has taken them from start-up club to Division III in just two seasons of USAFL play.

Jake Keglor, the Swans’ leading scorer so far in 2017, added another three majors in the Tennessee sun, putting him at 31 goals on the year. USAFL veteran Brad Freeman added the most impressive crumb in club history, taking advantage of a sustained run of pressure, and scrappy play all-round by Tim Kleman, Jaron Weaver, Kyle Roun, USA Revos 2017 member Dustin Jones, Patrick Bilder, Ken Scheidt and Aaron Crittenden saw St. Pete on the cusp of a positive decision in both matches.

After scraping together a one-point halftime lead vs. Atlanta, St. Petersburg completely dominated game play in the second half, but were unable to convert extended opportunities in forward 50s, coming up with just one goal to six minors. That inability to convert resulted in a 7-point decision.

A particularly strong offensive second half vs. Nashville saw the Red & White off the mat, storming back from a two-goal deficit at the big break to eke out a 1-point lead with time an issue. Two quick goals by the hosting Kangaroos came in the waning moments to ice the contest.

The Swans return to practice Thursday evening at 6 PM, and will return to full training and a scrimmage Saturday morning at 10 AM. Both are at the club’s regular training ground – on the Common at Crescent Lake in St. Petersburg. Trainings and practices are always free, and are open to co-ed players of all ages and skill level. For information, please call or text: (727) 490-9217.

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Atlanta 1.5 3.2 4.7.31
St. Petersburg 2.0 1.6 3.6.24
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Nashville 4.5 4.2 8.7.55
St. Petersburg 2.4 4.1 6.5.41

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