After falling behind to Charlotte Independence early in Saturday’s match, Loudoun United FC scored three unanswered goals to secure the second win of its inaugural season.
Thirteen minutes after Charlotte’s Dominic Oduro gave the home team a lead with a goal at the 30-minute mark at the Charlotte, NC, Sportsplex, United midfielder Connor Presley kicked off the comeback just before the half, scoring his first goal since joining Loudoun United.
Midfielder Noah Pilato put United in the lead quickly in the second half with his first goal as a professional. Forward Shinya Kadono then followed with his first professional goal at the 58-minute mark.
Although the Independence dominated the time of possession, controlling the ball 65 percent of the match, and fired 16 shots, United goalkeeper Callie Brown locked down the match, recording four saves.
While savoring their first scores, Presley, Pilato and Kadono highlighted the progress the young team has been making. Nine of Loudoun United’s 10 goals this season have been scored in the past four matches.
“I thought the team’s effort overall was fantastic. We never turned off our switch the whole 90 minutes. The pitch was very tough to play on with the amount of rain we got today, but the boys kept grinding to maintain our lead,” Kadono said. “Each game I feel our team’s chemistry is getting better and better, and the way we approach these away games have been improving a lot. Now we focus on how we approach the next game at home and hopefully get our first home win.”
“I think we fought hard and we are getting better every week. Now it’s time to bring that energy home for next Sunday,” Presley said. “Every week we have gotten to know each other on and off the field a lot better. We have been working hard to improve every day in practice and in the games.”
“It feels amazing to score my first professional goal. It was a big goal for the team, to set the tone early in second half and reward us for our great response from going down early. We were then obviously able to keep the pressure on and add a 3rd, ultimately coming out with a huge three road points,” Pilato said.
Loudoun United (2-3-3) is ranked 14th in the Eastern Conference standings of the USL Championship. The team next plays eighth-ranked Indy Eleven (4-2-2) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Audi Field in Washington, DC.