Putting in a full-throttle performance, LouCity came away 4-0 victors against Northern Kentucky University at NKU Soccer Stadium in Newport, KY on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from defender Kyle Smith , forward Luke Spencer , and midfielder Niall McCabe.
It took LouCity just six minutes to find the back of the net against the Norse in Newport, with Smith bundling a close-range effort over the line amidst a pack of bodies. Winning an early corner, Oscar Jimenez delivered a peach of a ball into the area that no one player was able to get a clear head on. As the ball fell to the floor, Smith was closest to it and barreled it into the back of the net.
In a span of ten minutes, the “Boys in Purple” found their second and third goal of the match from the forward Spencer, who used his size to his advantage in powering two efforts home from a short distance. ‘Keeper Greg Ranjitsingh had little to do in his side’s dominant first half, only making one save.
Trotting out most the same team for the second half, the lone change saw netminder Tim Dobrolowski take his place in goal until the 80th minute, when Chris Hubbard would replace him, while the field players remained the same. Working through to multiple opportunities in the half, midfielders Richard Ballard and Devon “Speedy” Williams saw their fair share of the ball in helping create chances going forward. Just before fulltime, midfielder Niall McCabe would find his way on the scoresheet off a quick restart for his second goal in as many games. Overall, LouCity’s three-goal advantage from the first half on top of McCabe's sweetener saw the team take down the Norsemen on a perfect day for football in Kentucky.
The Key Points:
"We had some nice passages in the first half with some things we wanted to see, but we're disappointed with the second half. I thought the intensity wasn't where it needed to be - a lot of sloppiness. Whether that's down to the 90 minutes for some of them or not, I don't know, but irritated with that second half."
"The first half produced some good play. The intensity was good, there were some nice passes. We still have things we thought could be sharper on and quicker with that we wanted to do in the second half, but we didn't do it. Overall, we can be pleased with the first half but disappointed with the second half."
"There are areas we certainly need to work on, but we have players who can play in multiple positions and it was nice to see."
Players’ Point of View:
"Today was a challenge but we're trying to adjust. We always have stuff to work on. We got tired and got a bit sloppy with our passes at the end there so we need to clean that up. Even when we're tired, we have to stay focused and composed on the ball." - Kyle Smith
Midfielder Brian Ownby remained absent due to illness, while defender Alexis Souahy and forward Ilija Ilic were sidelined as a precaution.
LouCity 4 : 0 NKU Norse
Saturday, March 3, 2018
NKU Soccer Stadium – Newport, KY
LOU – Kyle Smith 6’
LOU – Luke Spencer 15’
LOU – Luke Spencer 24’
LOU – Niall McCabe 88'