Story and photo from Louisville City FC’s website
Louisville, KY., – Louisville City FC advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a commanding 4-1 win over Indy Eleven in the fourth meeting between the two sides this season.
In their first-ever postseason matchup, Louisville City hosted rival Indy Eleven in the first round of the USL Cup playoffs a week after City defeated the visitors 1-0 at Slugger Field.
With strong winds in the area, both sides battled for possession through the first 25 minutes of play in search for the night’s opening goal.
It was Louisville City who found the back of the net first.
With his side dominating time of possession entering the 27th minute, midfielder Oscar Jimenez slipped a free kick through the penalty box, finding Niall McCabe who put his side up, 1-0.
14 minutes would pass before Louisville City added to their one-goal lead.
After regaining possession, forward Ilija Ilic fired a right-footed shot from the center of the box, slipping one past Indy Eleven ‘keeper Owain Fon Williams to double the lead.
LouCity entered the half up two goals to none.
Just three minutes into the second 45, a déjà vu-esque moment saw McCabe finish off another one thanks to a Jimenez free kick, putting Louisville City ahead 3-0.
With his side down three goals, Indy’s Soony Saad finished a strong 67th minute run through Louisville City defenders and scored the first and only goal for the visitors.
As if his record-breaking season wasn’t enough, forward Cameron Lancaster ripped a deep, bending free kick 6 minutes later to regain the three-goal lead.
Neither side would find the back of the net over the remaining 17 minutes as Louisville City knocked off Indy Eleven, 4-1.
Los Morados will face Bethlehem Steel FC after a penalty shootout victory over Riverhounds SC on Saturday, October 27 in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference playoffs at Slugger Field.
The Key Points:
- Midfielder Niall McCabe bagged a brace off a pair of set-pieces delivered by Oscar Jimenez
- Forward Ilija Ilic scored the game-winning goal in the 41st minute
- Forward Cameron Lancaster capped off an incredible night with a stunning free kick in the second half
Louisville City FC 4 : 1 Indy Eleven
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Louisville Slugger Field | Louisville, KY
52 degrees / sunny
LOU – Niall McCabe (Oscar Jimenez) 27’
LOU – Ilija Ilic 41’
LOU – Niall McCabe (Oscar Jimenez) 48’
IND – Soony Saad 67’
LOU – Cameron Lancaster 73’
IND – Carlyle Mitchell (caution) 46’
LOU – Niall McCabe (caution) 66’
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Greg Ranjitsingh (GK); Alexis Souahy, Paco Craig , Oscar Jimenez, Kyle Smith; Paolo DelPiccolo (c), Brian Ownby, George Davis IV (Devon “Speedy” Williams) 65’, Niall McCabe; Cameron Lancaster (Luke Spencer) 79’, Ilija Ilic (Sean Totsch) 87’
Bench: Shaun Francis, Richard Ballard, Tim Dobrowolski, Magnus Rasmussen