Louisville City is just six games into the season, but the club has only scored two goals in three home appearances. To bear that out some more, our Purples have scored seven goals on the season, which is 10th in the conference, but lead the East in shots with 96. Accounting for 26 of those shots being blocked, some quick and easy math puts that down at a 10% conversion rate, which is better than only Richmond and Saturday night’s opponent, Toronto. That’s bad.
We’ve seen this before from City teams, the struggle to score despite putting a lot of shots in. It begs some questions, one of which is: are the shots good shots?
Plain logic dictates that the easiest and most likely place to score from is inside the box, in front of the goal. Of the seven goals Louisville has scored the season, five have come from inside the box. Of City’s 19 shots on Saturday night, 12 were inside the box. Only one was blocked. That means Toronto’s keeper, Angelo Cavalluzo, had 11 saves. ELEVEN.
My plain observation was that a lot of our shots were dead at the keeper, but there’s no way all 11 of them were taken that poorly. 11 saves is a lot. That little guy had a hell of a game.
City dominated possession, shots, shots on goal, shooting accuracy, passing, and duels won. City had 30 touches in the Tworonto 18 yard box to TFC2’s 13. Those numbers can be deceiving, though, as the game wasn’t without some nervy moments. Tim Dobrowolski had to make three huge saves of his own and was my man of the match, as each one was very difficult. Also, for all of City’s possession and passing, the completion percentages weren’t great. I’ve come to expect that at Slugger, though.
From an individual perspective, Tarek Morad and Sean Totsch both had some pretty solid games. Totsch was 4 for 4 in duels. Oscar and Kyle Smith both had solid games, and Oscar created three scoring chances of his own, along with three shots on target. Abend and DelPiccolo both had very good games in the middle of the park. I was surprised at Speedy Williams’s appearance in the second half given Abend’s first half production but he did fine and it was good to see him back on the field.
In the attack, Ownby and Davis both had very good games passing the ball, and Ownby probably should have scored in the first half. Niall McCabe didn’t pass the ball as well as the other two (58%, 48% in the opposing half) but he did create four scoring chances. Luke Spencer had a solid appearance, also, with five shots on target. Ilic and Ballard didn’t have much of an impact on the game in their substitute appearances, unfortunately. I love Richie’s enthusiasm and eagerness to take guys on with the ball, and hope he can rein in some of that energy to play a more efficient game going forward.
We City fans can, and should, be disappointed with a home draw against a meh team. Too many of those last season cost us in the race against New York Red Bulls II. Let’s hope our boys figure out their finishing woes sooner than later. The good news is, they’re doing the right things to try and score, they just need to finish. I like our chances.