CHARLESTON, S.C. — With Charleston Battery’s 29-match unbeaten run on the line in a torrential downpour at MUSC Health Stadium on Saturday, Louisville City FC (7-1-3, 24 points) was unbeatable for the 10th consecutive match in all competitions. First-half goals by George Davis IV and Man of the Match Kyle Smith shattered Charleston’s two-year home-unbeaten run while a fifth consecutive shutout by goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh and his defense has reached 465 minutes without allowing a goal.
“The first have held two good goals for us, but I think we could always play better,” Louisville City coach James O’Connor said. “By and large, the result was fair in those conditions, but we know what to work on moving forward. We have big matches ahead, with the Open Cup and Orlando B in the league on the weekend. This match is behind us now and we need to improve and get ready for the next massive fixture.”
With just three points separating the teams entering the match, LouCity controlled the tempo from the start – registering 15 shots to Charleston’s five.
After returning home from Charleston, Louisville City will head back on the road to face Indy Eleven on June 1 (7:30 p.m. | TICKETS) in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fixture. A return to USL play will see LouCity visit Orlando City B on June 5 before returning to Slugger Field on June 11 to host Wilmington Hammerheads.
- Charleston entered the fixture with a record of 5-2-3 with 18 points in third place. Louisville City FC entered in first place at 6-1-3 and 21 points
- Louisville enters Saturday on an eight-game undefeated streak after playing to a 0-0 draw against the Richmond Kickers last Saturday. Charleston has taken victory in each of its past three contests after a 1-0 win against Wilmington Hammerheads FC at Legion Stadium last Saturday.
- LouCity has recorded shutouts in each of its past four contests, with goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh having seen his goals-against average drop to 0.24.The Battery have recorded back-to-back shutouts, giving them five in 10 contests this season.
- Charleston’s undefeated streak at MUSC Health Stadium currently sits at 29 games, with the side last losing in the USL regular season or playoff on May 10, 2014 by Wilmington.
- Goalkeeper Scott Goodwin announced on Thursday he will be leaving the team this fall after being accepted into Harvard Medical School.
- Both teams won on home turf in the regular season a year ago, before Louisville took a 2-0 win in overtime in the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2015 USL Playoffs.
Resumen: Louisville Agarra su 5 Partido consecutivo Donde no Deja Oponente Anotar
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Con Charleston Battery teniendo una racha de 29 partidos sin perder en MUSC Health Stadium el Sábado, Louisville City FC (7-1-3 24 puntos) tuvo racha de 10 partidos sin perder en toda competencia. Goles en el primer tiempo por George Davis IV y el Jugador del Partido Kyle Smith quebró la racha de 2 años sin perder en casa mientras Greg Ranjitsingh y su defesa extendieron sus rachas a cinco partidos consecutivo sin dejar anotar un gol y 465 minutos sin dejar anotar un gol.
“Anotamos dos goles geniales en el primer tiempo, pero pienso que todavía podemos jugar mejor,” dijo entrenador de Louisville City James O’Connor. “Por lo general, el resultado fue justo en esos condiciones, pero sabemos en qué trabajar hacia delante. Tenemos partidos bien importante por delante, con el Open Cup y Orlando B en la liga esta semana. Este partidos está detrás de nosotros y tenemos que mejorar y alistarnos para el próximo partido.”
Con solo tres puntos separando los dos equipos entrando el partido, LouCity controlo el tempo del principio – registrando 15 tiros comparado a los cinco de Charleston.
Regresando a casa después de Charleston, Louisville City regresa al camino para enfrentar a Indy Eleven el 1 de Junio (7:30 p.m.) en el Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Regresando a la USL vera a LouCity visitar a Orlando City B el 5 de Junio antes de regresar a Slugger Field el 11 de Junio para jugar contra Wilmington Hammerheads (7:30 p.m.).
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Louisville City FC Match Report
Match: Charleston Battery vs. Louisville City FC
Date: May 28, 2016
Competition: United Soccer League
Venue: MUSC Health Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. EST
Weather: 70 degrees; rainy
Goal Scoring Rundown
LOU: 20’ – George Davis IV: Kyle Smith raced to the endline before searing a throughball across the 18-yard box, where an unmarked George Davis IV was waiting to score with a shot inside the near post.
LOU: 38’ – Kyle Smith: A messy corner kick bounced the ball around a crowded 18-yard box before finding Kyle Smith. His shot came off clean and into the back of the net.
Key Defensive Stops and Saves
90+: Greg Ranjitsingh: With an attack rushing from the left, Greg parried a shot out and over at the death of the match. His shutout streak is now 465 minutes.
CHS: 51’ – Romario Williams: Ejection
LOU: 60’ – Ben Newnam: Caution
CHS: 84’ – Justin Portillo: Caution
LOU: 90’ – Niall McCabe: Caution
LOU: 13-Greg Ranjitsingh; 24-Kyle Smith (20-Enrique Montano), 15-Sean Reynolds, 5-Conor Shanosky, 2-Ben Newnam (77-Andrew Lubahn); 8-Guy Abend, 4-Aodhan Quinn (c), 22-George Davis IV, 11-Niall McCabe, 12-Mark-Anthony Kaye; 14-Ilija Ilic
Subs not used: 9-Cameron Lancaster, 17-Chandler Hoffman, 6-Tarek Morad, 36-Paolo DelPiccolo, 1-Scott Goodwin
CHS: 23-Odisnel Cooper; 4-Taylor Mueller, 6-Shawn Ferguson, 11-Quinton Griffith, 15-Emmanuel Adjety; 10-Ataullah Guerra, 12-Maikel Chang, 20-Justin Portillo, 24-Zach Prince; 9-Romario Williams, 17-Ricky Garbanzo
Subs: 1-Alex Tambakis, 3-Forrest Lasso, 7-O’Brian Woodbine, 8-Neveal Hackshaw, 16-Heviel Cordoves, 19-Dante Marini
Kyle Smith on his first career goal, Man of the Match: “It was off a corner kick that was bouncing around inside the box. Mark-Anthony Kaye’s shot was deflected and it fell perfectly to me. I first-touched it and it was deflected right into the upper-90.
Kyle Smith on what the goal meant: “It means a lot. I’ve been working hard and to finally get one, it’s a great feeling.”
Kyle Smith on ending Charleston’s streak: “Its an important win, away from home. Any win is big, but it keeps us on the top of the table.”
George Davis IV on his 20’ goal: “Kyle Smith did well. We had some good pressure going on them, and Kyle did well with the ball. I was just in the right place at the right time, and got great contact on it.
George Davis IV on the rainy conditions: “I think the conditions actually helped us. We like to play fast and the surface was slick out there. It’s always tough to play in Charleston, but I think we were ready to go tonight.”
Greg Ranjitsingh on shutout streak: “I think everyone is working as a collective unit; communicating and working hard to limit opportunities for the opposition. It’s great to get an early goal and letting the nerves kind of go away.”
James O’Connor on the match: “The first have held two good goals for us, but I think we could always play better. By and large, the result was fair in those conditions, but we know what to work on moving forward.
James O’Connor on moving ahead: “We have big matches ahead, with the Open Cup and Orlando B in the league on the weekend. This match is behind us now and we need to improve and get ready for the next massive fixture.