Loudoun United FC lost 3-0 to North Carolina FC on Wednesday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC.
North Carolina, now tied for third place in the USL Championship standings, got off to a quick start with a goal by Robert Kristo at the 10-minute mark. Then Yamikani Chester slammed the door with back-to-back goals at the 72nd and 74th minute marks.
It was the first time this season the team has lost by more than two goals.
Loudoun United head coach Ryan Martin acknowledged his young team faced a steep challenge in the match.
“I think coming in here, it’s a tough place to play with a very mature team. Dave’s group is in very good form, they’ve been on quite a roll. So, we knew we had it tough coming in,” Martin said. “We squandered three chances early, and I think it changes the game. They did a very good job of absorbing pressure and catching us on the counter, especially when they made some subs late. They really punished us for it, so a good lesson for our guys, unfortunately with the result. But I thought we had some good moments but just needed to execute better in the early part of the game.”
Loudoun’s newly acquired midfielder Carlos Alverez got his first playing time with the team, coming in as a second half substitute.
With the loss, Loudoun’s record is 4-7-4 and remains in 13thplace in the USL Championship Eastern Division.
The schedule doesn’t get easier this weekend. The team returns to the field Saturday for a rematch against Indy Eleven. Indy, whichis tied with North Carolina in third place, won the June 15 match, 2-1.