After five games over a period of just fifteen days, the boys in purple returned home to wrap up the 2017 regular season having already clinched the number on seed in the Eastern Conference – though the club never missed a beat.
Having a full week of training to prepare for Mike Jeffries and the fourth-ranked Independence, Louisville City moved back on track after a winless three-game stretch on the road.
“It was a tough road trip for us, but I thought we learned a lot from it,” said midfielder George Davis IV, who recorded the game’s first goal Saturday. “Built some character, strengthened our mentality, and even though we didn’t get the points that we wanted we took a lot from that trip.”
From kickoff until the final whistle blew, a game involving nine yellow cards previewed a potential playoff match at Slugger Field just weeks ahead.
Entering the half with four cards, Louisville City showed a side that left Coach O’Connor proud of his club.
“I think the most pleasing thing from me tonight is the character, the perseverance from the players and the professionalism,” said O’Connor. “There are a lot of things out there I was hoping we would do correctly, and that’s how to be professional.”
Midfielder Brian Ownby, who recorded his first goal since July 1, closed the scoring with a 77th minute strike to take a late 2-1 lead.
“I think the way we helped out with the pressure today showed good perseverance,” said Ownby. “And to come out with that win is huge at this point of the season.”
Here’s more from the match…
- The game’s nine yellow cards were the most involving Louisville City in franchise history, though the players focused on what they could control.
“I think that’s something everyone’s learning how to deal with,” added Ownby. “Referees are outside of what you can handle.”
- George Davis IV’s 57th minute strike was his 7th of the year, 2 more than his total a year ago. Davis netted a game-winner in the 2016 playoffs against his former club, the Richmond Kickers.
- With the win, the boys in purple have 59 points entering the season finale. Louisville City wraps up with the Richmond Kickers at Slugger Field. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m.