Louisville City FC (13-5-5) was shutout at home for the first time this season in a 3-0 loss to Orlando City B (8-6-11) at Slugger Field Saturday night.
A first half brace by Michael Cox and Timbo’s header from a set piece pushed Orlando’s unbeaten run to 11 games. Despite the loss, Louisville stays atop the Eastern Conference as last place Toronto II came from two goals down to upset No. 2 seed Charlotte 3-2.
The boys in purple convincingly brushed aside their past three opponents and were rather dominant, not conceding a goal in their last 285 minutes of regulation.
Cox ended that run when he gave Orlando the lead in the 15th minute. Orlando launched a deadly counterattack after Mark-Anthony Kaye was dispossessed. Cox perfectly timed his run to get in behind and fired a low shot that hit the inside left post to score his first goal of the season.
The Canadian International doubled OCB’s advantage in the 27th minute. A through ball sent into space. He fired just inside the box with another perfect finish, this time in the right corner. Cox’s first half brace marked the first time this season Louisville faced a 2-0 deficit at home.
City had a plethora of chances to get one before the half ended, but OCB was stout defensively. They had game planned effectively, neutralizing the crosses sent into the box with, at often, six or seven white shirts ready to clear.
Orlando added a third in the 53rd minute to send some fans home early. Timbo was left unmarked in the box and had a free header from the corner kick.
Louisville’s best chance went to Cameron Lancaster in the 59th minute. His header beat Orlando goalkeeper Jake Fenlason, but the ball hit the right post and rolled across the goal line to keep City off the score sheet.
Luck ran out for City as they squandered chance after chance in the second half.
Louisville is back at home to wrap up their three-game homestand Saturday, Sept. 2. They will host the current No. 3 seed Charleston Battery. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.