Photo courtesy Em-Dash Photography / Louisville City FC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cameron Lancaster scored twice as Louisville City FC claimed a 3-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in front of 8,741 fans at Slugger Field on Saturday night. Louisville (7-1-4, 25pts) grabbed the lead in just the eighth minute as Lancaster curled a perfect free kick into the top-left corner of the Riverhounds’ net from 25 yards. Pittsburgh (4-6-4, 16pts) almost hit back a few minutes later as the Louisville defense had to scramble a second chance from a free kick away before the Hounds could pounce at the top of the six-yard area. Lancaster almost added a second for City in the 18th minute too, his low shot being wells saved by Riverhounds goalkeeper Trey Mitchell. The hosts continued to push for a second, but the Riverhounds almost grabbed an equalizer four minutes before halftime when Corey Hertzog shot from the left side of the penalty area was blocked away by City goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh. Lancaster did double its lead in the 64th minute as Brian Ownby toed the goal line and then cut back for a finish at the top of the six-yard area, and Niall McCabe added a third with 12 minutes to go as he tucked home a finish after good work by Richard Ballard cutting in from the left. That would be all Louisville needed as it earned a third consecutive victory.
8’ – LOU – Cameron Lancaster
64’ – LOU – Cameron Lancaster (Brian Ownby)
78’ – LOU – Niall McCabe (Richard Ballard)
Three Things That Matter:
1. Louisville continued its impressive recent form with another comprehensive victory in front of a boisterous crowd at Slugger Field that moved the club into second place in the Eastern Conference. Winners of four of its last five games, Louisville’s attack was looking dangerous prior to its recent offensive outburst, but now the side is capitalizing on the chances it creates to make opponents chase the game, which can be where Louisville’s attack can be at its most dangerous. With the way Head Coach James O’Connor’s side is playing right now, there can’t be many teams who are looking forward to facing City right now.
2. Cameron Lancaster’s first goals since his late tally against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 15 will have been a big relief for the English forward, but the manner of his first tally in more that two months illustrated the quality he brings to the attack. Pittsburgh had a defender on the left post to guard against the shot as he lined up a free kick from 25 yards out, but even he was unable to deny an outstanding shot that picked out the corner perfectly. If Lancaster can build on this performance, it’s only going to make Louisville more dangerous going forward.
3. Pittsburgh’s season was moving in the right direction until Louisville’s visit to Highmark Stadium on May 20, but since that 1-0 defeat to City the Riverhounds have only recorded two points in the following four games. The Riverhounds now sit outside the Eastern Conference playoff positions, and with the Tampa Bay Rowdies coming to Highmark Stadium on Thursday night will need to turn around quickly to face another side near the top of the Eastern Conference standings. With others in the middle of the pack starting to put together positive runs, the Hounds are going to need one of their own soon to stay in touch.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Cameron Lancaster, Louisville City FC – Lancaster’s two goals – his first since April 15 – powered Louisville to its fourth win in the past five games and into second place in the Eastern Conference.
Louisville City FC at Harrisburg City Islanders – June 24, 7 p.m. ET, FNB Field
Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies – June 22, 7 p.m. ET, Highmark Stadium