Louisville, KY October 3rd, 2015
The Matt Fondy Takeover
Saturday night the USL Eastern Conference Semi-Finals took place at Louisville Slugger Field,as the Louisville City Football Club hosted the Charleston Battery. Last night’s match was the third time the two teams faced off against each other. Louisville City defeated Charlotte at home in August 3-1, but the Battery won the September match-up 2-0 at Charlotte. The Battery had defeated the Richmond Kickers 2-1 in extra time during the First Round of the USL Playoffs to advance to last night’s game. As for Louisville City they finished in 2nd place of the USL Eastern Conference with a record of 14-8-6 totaling 48 points and earning a first round bye.
The first 45′ was intense as neither team was able to score. Louisville City FC had four shot attempts and Charlotte had two. Louisville also had four corners to Charlotte’s two, but they were just unable to get the ball between the goal. Charlotte Goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper had one save for the Battery and goalkeeper Scott Goodwin of Louisville City had one as well in the first half. A total of six fouls were called in the 1st half, three for each team.
In the second 45′ the action would increase as both teams got more aggressive in shot attempts. Louisville City had 14 shot attempts in the 2nd half and Charlotte had five. Charlotte’s Cooper managed to have five huge saves in the second half, as it seemed like nearly each time Louisville City got the ball he was tested. Goodwin and the Louisville City defense also managed to keep the Battery scoreless after the second 45′. The two teams were unable to score in the extended time of three minutes, which meant they would have to play an additional two 15 minute halves to decide a winner.
Louisville City had numerous chances to score in the 1st Overtime but was unable to capitalize on their opportunities for goals. Charlotte was unable to score in the 1st overtime either and really had trouble finding shot attempts against the Louisville defense. The 2nd OT would be all about Matt Fondy of Louisville City as he decided to takeover the game. Fondy would score off a corner kick set up by Aodhan Quinn in the 106′ , giving Louisville City a 1-0 lead in the game. Then in the 117′ Fondy scored another goal and the Louisville City defense was able to hold off the Battery from scoring. The Final score would be 2-0 as the record-breaking 8,517 Louisville City fans witnessed the first USL Playoff win in the Football Club’s history!
“It was a really great atmosphere not only for tonight but throughout the course of the whole season,” said Louisville City head coach James O’Connor postgame. Saturday night’s win was also the first career USL Playoff win for O’Connor as well. “It is very pleasing but we need to look forward to Rochester next week.” Louisville City will play the top seeded Rochester Rhinos of the USL’s Eastern Conference next Saturday in Sahlen’s Stadium. Their first match against the Rhinos back in April resulted in a 1-1 draw at home, but they loss to the Rhinos 0-2 in June at Rochester. “They have a very good season and our very difficult to score on, but this team love challenges and it’s something we are looking forward to”, said O’Connor about the game next week.