REDEMPTION! Six goals. A Matt Fondy hat trick. Believe it or not, this was a come-from-behind win for Louisville City, it’s first in club history. Louisville City started out on the front foot and had a couple early chances to go ahead, but Oklahoma City scored first on a Sebastian Dalgaard strike on a counter attack in the 16th minute. City immediately pushed for an equalize, though, and got one in an unusual fashion less than ten minutes later.
The referee called a foul for an illegal back-pass to OKC’s Evan Newton, which resulted in a Louisville City’s indirect free kick from just outside the six yard box. The Energy wisely put almost eleven men on the goal line, but Matt Fondy passed the free kick to the opposite corner of the goal box to Magnus Rasmussen, who powered a shot off the OKC wall into the net for his third goal of the season.
Just over ten minutes later, Rasmussen would return the favor when he found Fondy on a break and, with just the keeper to beat, Fondy made no mistake and sent the home crowd of over 6,400 into a frenzy. The teams would head into halftime with Team Purple leading 2-1.
Louisville City again took the game to OKC in the second half, but gave away a soft penalty just after the half began, which USL’s leading goal scorer Danni Konig predictably converted. However, City wasted no time regaining the lead as Matt Fondy headed an Enrique Montano cross from the left side of the 18 yard box past the keeper at the far post in the 57th minute. From that point, the rout was on. OKC gave up a penalty that MAG RAM converted just three minutes later. then, MAG RAM put together some incredible footwork in the box in the 67th minute to set up an easy Kadeem Dacres goal, and Fondy completed his hat-trick on a header from the now time-honored Bryan Burke cross with less than five minutes to play.
Obviously, this was a complete performance from Louisville City, and one that everyone was waiting for after last week’s disappointing outing against New York Red Bulls II. Giving up two to OKC wasn’t great, but the first goal from the Energy from open play was deserved. However, after that, City shut the Energy down, only giving up three shots in the second half while taking ten in the same frame.
You could say it was a black out. The Energy was turned off. Their current was interrupted. The circuit was shorted. Their surge protector was faulty. Ohm my, Matt Fondy scored a hat trick. City was obviously amped up to play this game. Enron joke.
James O’Connor’s hat is probably loving this.