Louisville City got off to a fast start and never looked back during Saturday’s victory of Loudoun United before a crowd of 8,000 in Kentucky.
Louisville’s Magnus Rasmussen scored in the first minute of the match and Sean Torsch added a second goal at the 39-minute mark. Loudoun’s Griffin Yow got United on the board early in the second half, but that was the extent of the offense for the visiting team, which recorded 11 shots, four on goal.
“It was a slow start to the match and disappointing to concede early and on a restart but incredibly proud of the response of the group incredible mentality and desire to get back into the game,” Head Coach Ryan Martin said. “Any time you play on the road against the defending champion and can push until the end like that just makes me really excited about the group and where we can go from here.”
“[I] thought we started off a bit slow and had to work ourselves back into the game. Second half we responded very well and had control of the game. Unfortunate to not get the result but the team fought hard all night,” team captain Kyle Murphy said.
Martin saw good things during his second match as the Loudoun United head coach.
“It’s massive to the growth of the players. We are looking to put the young guys in tough situations where they have to make decisions and continue to grow,” he said. “It’s important to really stress that they don’t take plays off and have consistency throughout the match. It’s important to see how they perform under a tough situation like against defending champions on a tough surface with a great crowd. It’s important to make sure training is competitive and the best players earn their right to play regardless of age.”
Loudoun, 3-5-3, plays the next two matches on home turf at Audi Field in Washington, DC. On Saturday, June 15, United takes on Indy Eleven, which ranks fourth in the Eastern Conference of the USL Championship with a 7-2-3 record.