Louisville City is atop the Eastern Conference for the first time this season following their 5-0 win over the Harrisburg City Islanders at Slugger Field Wednesday night. Five different players scored giving City their fifth win in six games.
The boys in purple turned in their worst performance of the season in their 1-0 loss to the Islanders on June 24. They turned in one of their best to jump Charlotte to first place on goal differential. City also has two games in hand of the Independence.
Mark-Anthony Kaye’s left footed strike gave the boys in purple the lead in the 11th minute. The Canadian International dribbled past his marker and made his way into the box. He curled his effort past Harrisburg goalkeeper Brandon Miller for his third goal of the season.
Playing from behind does not bode well for Harrisburg. The Islanders came into the game 0-12-0 when conceding first this season.
Set pieces have been a deciding factor lately for Louisville. They scored four goals in as many games on restarts. They made it five in the 13th minute. Oscar Jimenez, who has been dangerous with his crossing, sent in a ball that Harrisburg failed to clear. Tarek Morad passed to Ilija Ilic, who turned and fired through traffic to give City a 2-0 lead.
Louisville began the season relying on their defense to win games. Now, they are scoring at will. Since losing to Cincinnati on July 15, City scored 17 goals in their last five matches.
Paolo DelPiccolo scored their 18th in the 27th minute on a set piece. The Islanders again failed to clear a Jimenez cross. The captain pounced on the loose ball and knocked the ball in from close range for his third on the year.
City made it four in the 68th minute. City cut through Harrisburg’s defense straight down the middle. A chipped pass by Ilic, set up Niall McCabe’s powerful volley past Miller to be the third player to score their third goal of the season in the game.
Sean Totsch’s glancing header marked the second time City scored five goals in three games. The defender ran across goal to redirect McCabe’s cross for his first USL goal of the season.
With Harrisburg failing to register a shot on goal, Louisville goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh’s fifth clean sheet of the season stretched the Islanders’ goalless drought to an astounding 584 minutes.
Louisville plays the second of their three-game home stand against Orlando City B on Saturday, Aug. 26. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.