Newly named head coach Ryan Martin got his tenure off to a great start as Loudoun United secured its third win Wednesday night.
Loudoun United beat the Swope Park Rangers 3-2 at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, KS. Loudoun got off to a quick start when Kyle Murphy scored at the 6-minute mark. The score was tied at the half after Griffin Yow recorded United’s second goal and the Rangers’ Feilipe Harnandez and Wilson Harris also found the net. Loudoun landed the win with Connor Presley’s goal with just three minutes left in the match. Loudoun recorded 16 shots, including a season high nine shots on goal.
“I feel extremely excited to not only get a result on the road but to score three goals and really play some good soccer at times,” Martin said. “I feel extremely proud of the players with their effort, commitment and desire to fight until the end. They dug out a result while playing some good soccer, which was the best part for me.”
“I think in any game there are always things to improve but what was important tonight was that we fought hard and got the win,” Presley said. “I was really happy to help the team and get the winner tonight. It was a great play through by Bryang, my only thoughts were to get the ball on target and into the back of the net. Overall, it was great soccer from the guys, we need to build on the win and keep moving forward to Louisville.”
“The quality of soccer that broke out and the chances created tonight was a massive step forward for the club and the guys. The group just keeps getting better every day and that’s important as we have two days before Louisville,” Martin said.
Loudoun United, 3-4-3, is ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship. The next game is Saturday, June 15 against Louisville City, 6-4-3, at Audi Field in Washington, DC.