A first-minute goal from last week’s Man of the Match - Magnus Rasmussen – earned the lad the same honors in Saturday’s 2-1 win over newcomer Loudon United FC.
A brilliant cross from Louisville City defender Taylor Peay found Rasmussen at the top of the box, leading to the Dane’s rare right-footed goal and an early lead for the hosts.
“It’s nice to get an early goal,” said Rasmussen on the quick start. “Obviously that means – like last week – that they have to bring a little bit more instead of sitting in.”
With an extremely young Loudon front pressing forward, the Boys in Purple would find plenty more opportunities within the first 45 minutes of play. An Oscar Jimenez corner finished by Sean Totsch in the 36’ doubled the home side’s lead although the shots from Rasmussen and company continued to pour on the visiting backline.
“My teammates, they are wonderful to give me those opportunities in the game,” said Rasmussen. “I probably should’ve scored a few more today, to be honest.”
The first-minute strike was the fourth in three matches for Rasmussen, boosting him to the top of the LouCity goalscoring sheet. He credits strength in training for his recent offensive burst.
“I think it’s mainly because we are working hard in training every day,” said Rasmussen. “It carries over, so if you put the work in in training it’s got to show up in the games as well.”
His six goals in 13 USL appearances have been crucial for the Louisville City offense which lost two of its key strikers from last year’s championship in Ilija Ilic and Cameron Lancaster. When asked if this was his best season to date, Rasmussen did not shy away.
“Yeah, I think so,” said Rasmussen. “I mean, the first year was pretty good as well but I’ve just got to continue.”
Up next for Louisville City is a Wednesday night U.S. Open Cup match with rival FC Cincinnati. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Nippert Stadium.