Louisville City FC dropped their first match in September in a 1-0 loss to Toronto II at Ontario Soccer Centre on Wednesday night.
Canadian U-20 International Shaan Hundal slipped his shot just under Louisville City goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh in the 73rd minute to give the hosts their first victory over the boys in purple.
Louisville displayed their dominance over the bottom-feeding Toronto as expected in the first half. They held possession for the majority of the first half. It was, however, the hosts who had the better chances. The two clubs went into halftime level at 0-0.
Cameron Lancaster came close to giving City the lead in the 49th minute. The Englishman bent his free-kick around the wall, but Toronto goalkeeper Angelo Cavalluzzo came across the goal line to make a last-ditch save.
Brian Ownby came close himself with a strike in the 69th minute. After taking in a pass at the top of the box, Ownby’s shot was headed to the upper-right corner. But Cavalluzzo came up huge again with a save-of-the-week caliber stop to keep the game scoreless.
Toronto’s game plan to stop the crosses from the flanks worked to perfection. They suffocated Oscar Jimenez and Kyle Smith on the wing, ultimately limiting the quality of chances they would create.
The hosts struck first in the 74th minute when Hundal slipped in behind the back line and fired his shot beneath the charging Ranjitsingh.
Louisville went searching for an equalizer and chased the ball down. Paco Craig, unfortunately, ended City’s chances of finding the game-tying goal when he received his marching orders for his second yellow card of the game in the 90th minute.
Despite the loss, City maintains their seven-point lead in the Eastern Conference. They failed, however, to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Louisville City concludes their three-match road trip with a date with the Rochester Rhinos in Capelli Sport Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 30. The two teams previously met on Sept. 20 with the boys in purple taking a 2-1 victory following a last minute PK by Luke Spencer. Kickoff for the last regular season meeting between the two sides is slated to begin at 6:05 p.m.