Louisville City FC thrashed Richmond Kickers in an 0-6 rout on Saturday night at City Stadium!
In his debut with Louisville City, former Atlanta United 2 midfielder Jose Carranza made his presence felt early with a physical style of play while recent signee James Sands made his second start with City.
Pressure from visiting Louisville City saw multiple opportunities for the “Boys in Purple” to open the scoring sheet early against a Richmond Kickers side which entered Saturday following a 3-2 win over Penn FC, snapping a five-game losing streak.
21 minutes into the match, the Kickers recorded their first shot on target when the ever-dangerous Brian Shriver’s took a free kick just outside the penalty box only to be denied by a diving Greg Ranjitsingh.
More pressure from Louisville City would pay off in the 33rd minute when a foul drawn by Carranza opened the door for another Cameron Lancaster free kick, a bending shot in the upper-90 which opened the night’s scoring sheet.
Just three minutes later, former Richmond Kicker George Davis IV found himself in close range off a Shaun Francis service into the penalty box and eventually slotted his 6th goal of the season past Kicker goalkeeper Trevor Spangenberg to double the lead for the visitors.
City would enter the break with an 0-2 lead.
The second 45 saw an unselfish Louisville City side add to their halftime lead with another flurry of goals. Recording his first-ever goal as a member of the “Boys in Purple”, Carranza finished a beautiful run off a through-ball from Shaun Francis and made the lead for the visitors grow to 0-3.
Three minutes later, Niall McCabe made it a four-goal lead for his side with his third strike of the 2018 campaign before Luke Spencer’s brace in the 78th and 81st-minute goals would make it 0-6 in City’s favor. Spencer’s goals were his second and third in two appearances this week.
Ranjitsingh’s 10th clean sheet of the season makes it nine unanswered goals for Louisville City and seven points earned in the same number of days. The club returns to action on Tuesday, August 28 at Slugger Field as the USL’s Eastern Conference second place team hosts Toronto FC II. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Key Points:
OUT – Brian Ownby
OUT – Kyle Smith
OUT – Magnus Rasmussen
Richmond Kickers 0 : 6 Louisville City FC
Saturday, August 25, 2018
City Stadium | Richmond, VA
79 degrees / sunny
LOU – Cameron Lancaster 33’
LOU – George Davis IV 36’
LOU – Jose Carranza 58’
LOU – Niall McCabe 61’
LOU – Luke Spencer 78’
LOU – Luke Spencer 82’
RIC –Neil Hlavanty, yellow 40’
RIC – Braeden Troyer, yellow 52’
RIC – Prince Agyemang, yellow 56’
Starting XI (3-4-3): Greg Ranjitsingh (GK); Alexis Souahy, Paco Craig, James Sands; Jose Carranza (Ilija Ilic 62’), Paolo DelPiccolo (c), Shaun Francis; Niall McCabe, Pat McMahaon, George Davis IV (Richard Ballard 65’); Cameron Lancaster (Luke Spencer 65’)
Bench: Chris Hubbard, Oscar Jimenez, Sean Totsch, Devon “Speedy” Williams