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Louisville City 2-2 Pittsburgh Riverhounds

The caption photo is not an inaccurate rendition of playing conditions last night.

If you’ve ever wanted to see soccer played on a giant slip-and-slide, this game was for you. I’ll keep this one brief because it’s a work day and if you watched the match you were up well past your bedtime:

Louisville City continued to perfect its habit of sleepwalking through the first fifteen minutes of the game and gave up a soft goal to Pittsburgh’s Romeo Parkes (3) in the tenth minute. Shoddy defending by Enrique Montano on the left flank led to starting defenders Shanosky and Reynolds being pulled out of position to greet the danger, and all that was required was an easy ball across the 18 yard box to a wide open Parkes, who easily slotted it past a very angry Scotty Goodwin.

Louisville had a bunch of chances to score in the minutes that followed, but they would be few. A rain delay stopped play in the 39th minute, then, closer to an hour later, play resumed and the half ended 0-1. A five minute halftime was all the players would get, then things got started again for about ten minutes until the weather interrupted things once more. Another long rain delay led to yet another restart, and Louisville City quickly capitalized on a well taken header by Chandler Hoffman (7) of a truly great cross from Mark-Anthony Kaye on the right side of the field. What fans remained greeted The Hoff in the Rickhouse and the game was back on.

The euphoria was short lived, though, as Pittsburgh was awarded a penalty kick after Scotty Goodwin picked up red card for a foul (not a foul at all) in the box on Corey Hertzog. Hoffman was subbed off and Greg Ranjitsingh came on to defend the kick, but was unsuccessful despite guessing right on the take.

Down 1-2 and down a man, things were looking dark, but Conor Shanosky saved the Kings a point on a goal after a wild scramble in front of the Hounds goal from a corner kick and the game was tied again. Time wore on and the players slid everywhere but neither side was able to improve their tally and the game ended in a draw.

My personal opinion is that this is a draw that feels a little like a loss. The first Hounds goal was horribad, the second was fortuitous. City probably should have scored at least one more. I don’t know, I’m ambivalent. Anyway, onward and upward, and huge props to the guys and gals who stayed through it all last night – you’re legends.