On a frigid night at Elizabethtown Sports Park in Elizabethtown, KY, Louisville City FC triumphed over the Lipscomb Bison, 3-0, on the same field they dropped a result on one year prior.
In the team’s third preseason win in a row, midfielder Magnus Rasmussen’s early involvement ensured a few attacking opportunities for his side, but it would take until the 17th minute for the “Boys in Purple” to find the net. Combining with forward Cameron Lancaster, who had another good stint up front, the Danish delight set up Lancaster for a shot, who curled one past the Lipscomb ‘keeper to go one-up.
Head coach James O’Connor’s men would poke and prod around the attacking third as the half wore on, though the Bison were equal to any chance sent their way. That is, until the 41st minute, when Rasmussen found his first of the night - the team's second - off a pass from teammate George Davis IV.
The final goal of the match came quickly after the halftime break as LouCity barreled forward looking for a third. As the attack hounded the Lipscomb goal, Davis IV found an angle to fire a shot on frame that found goal after taking a deflection that gave the Bison ‘keeper no chance.
LouCity now turns its attention to its final preseason match this Saturday, March 10 against Saint Louis FC at Arad McCutchan Stadium (University of Evansville) for a 4:00 P.M. CT / 5:00 P.M. ET kickoff.
The Key Points:
On tonight’s performance:
“We’re pleased with the level of performance. I thought the attitude was very good tonight. There was a good mentality to our performance as well. We can be pleased. There were some lovely passages of play – still a couple of things that we can be sharper on – but overall a pleasing performance.”
“To give the guys their due, they kept at it. We could have scored some more goals, but overall, we’re pleased. I want to thank Lipscomb as well. It’s great credit to them as well to come up and to play us. We’re very grateful for them. This is the second year running and we’re hopeful we’re going to be able to build a nice relationship with the guys there because they’re great. They had a great year themselves last year in a very strong season, so it’s nice and we’re building something there as well.”
On the final preseason test this Saturday:
“For us, the biggest thing is trying to maintain the level of performance and our level of fitness, but it’s also about trying to manage minutes and stay injury free. The only thing that we want is to get through preseason injury-free having seen some of our principles that we’ve been trying to implement. That’s our final hope.”
On familiar foes:
“It will be a nice occasion. [Saint Louis FC] has Anthony [Pulis], a really good friend of mine, as well as Sean Reynolds and Kadeem [Dacres] as well as Corey [Hertzog] from my Orlando days so it’ll be nice to see them. But it’ll be a stiff test, they’ll be good this year for sure.”
All three of midfielder Brian Ownby, defender Alexis Souahy, and forward Ilija Ilic were sidelined as a precaution.
LouCity 3 : 0 Lipscomb Bisons
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Elizabethtown Sports Park – Elizabethtown, KY
LOU – Cameron Lancaster 17'
LOU – Magnus Rasmussen (Davis IV) 41’
LOU – George Davis IV 47’
LOU – Sean Totsch 60’