Late equalizer saves a point on the road for Louisville City FC in Pittsburgh
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville City FC heads home from Pittsburgh on Sunday with the team's third 1-1 draw in a row.
The offense struggled to connect in the final third until Kadeem Dacres finally put the team on the score sheet in stoppage time to save a point on the road.
"We're obviously very pleased to get a point under the circumstances," City head coach James O'Connor said.
"The first half, we didn't play with the intensity that we can. I thought the second half was better, but there are things we need to improve on. We need to work on our spacing and set pieces. But overall, we're pleased to get a point on the road."
The team failed to produce an equalizer on a number of chances, including a penalty kick and two subsequent rebound opportunities, through most of the game.
The penalty was awarded in the 86th minute as Magnus Rasmussen was clipped just inside the box. Captain Matt Fondy couldn't put the penalty into the net and failed on a follow up off the rebound, and the striker remains scoreless on the year.
"Matt did what you want him to do there," O'Connor said. "He put it on target, the keeper made a great save. Matt isn't the first person to miss a penalty and he won't be the last.
"But it was an excellent reaction from the players to not accept the game was over at that point."
City's attacking players faced some very physical challenges from the Riverhounds' defenders, while a solid defensive performance held Pittsburgh to only one goal.
Louisville played off the back foot most of the game, with Scott Goodwin making some remarkable saves to keep the ball out the net and City's back line came up with a number of strong tackles to stop attacks.
Pittsburgh did, however, strike first on a free kick as all of the Riverhounds broke out ahead of City's defenders to get a head on the ball and put it in the back of the net.
A number of chances cropped up for the quick-counter attacking side, but Pittsburgh was unable to widen their lead.
Dacres's late equalizer saved a point for City as they move to 1-0-3 on the season.
That earned him a second-straight Man of the Match recognition for City.
"(Dacres) made a nice cut inside and made a great strike," O'Connor said. "He played well all game ... Kadeem works really hard and it was nice to see him get rewarded."
The team returns to Louisville Slugger Field next Saturday against Tulsa at 7:30 p.m.
"(We) played a tough game Thursday, traveled last Friday adn played another tough game today." O'Connor said. "Now we turn our attentoin to another tough game against Tulsa, who just beat Seattle.
"We'll need the fans to come out on Saturday and be the 12th man for us."
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