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Louisville City looks for second win against first western conference opponent

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Kadeem Dacres receives a ball sent up the wing during a drill at practice. Kadeem Dacres receives a ball sent up the wing during a drill at practice.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville City's first match up with a western conference team is set for Saturday and the team is looking to bounce back from a narrow escape in Pittsburgh last weekend.

City trailed for most of the game, unable to capitalize on a handful of good chances before Kadeem Dacres finally curled a shot past the keeper in stoppage time to save a point. Dacres took home his second man of the match for Louisville City in a row after Louisville's third straight 1-1 draw.

“Definitely looking forward to getting three points,” Dacres said of the weekend's match up. “You know, you want to end the tie streak that's currently going on. So we're looking forward to three points.”

At practice this week, the team turned their attention to putting together a more fluid performance and capitalizing on their chances.

"I think, for us, we want the 90 minute performance," head coach James O'Connor said after practice Thursday. "I think if you look at our games, you know we've had positive play for long periods we've had a lot of possession in some games and in other games we get sort of trapped in."

Keeper Scott Goodwin delivered a solid performance at Pittsburgh, coming up with three saves to prevent the Riverhounds from putting more goals on the board.

“I think it's a cohesive unit back there for the most part,” Goodwin said. “Not only does the back four work well together, but they work well with the midfield in front of them and that goes all the way to the front. So really I think we just need to keep doing what we're doing, a lot of communication across the front and staying connected, kind of giving each other that sense that we're just not gonna give anything up.”

While the back line held the Riverhounds to one goal, City's attackers struggled to capitalize on a handful of chances, including three that came with a penalty kick late in the game.

When Magnus Rasmussen was clipped as he headed into the box, head official Tori Penso pointed to the spot. Captain Matt Fondy put a low shot on target, but quick reactions from the keeper denied two chances. After practice Thursday, O'Connor pointed to a handful of opportunities his team earned, but couldn't put away.

“One of these games we're gonna give somebody a good game, they're gonna come away and they'll be shell shocked.” O'Connor said. “The play at times is really pleasing. I think we need to see more of it, for longer periods and then just finish. We get in good areas and when the opportunities arise, we need to start taking them.”

In stoppage time, Dacres finally put away a shot from the edge of the box. The left-footed strike curled just inside the post and earned the team a point on the road.

O'Connor and the team now turn their attention to the Tulsa Roughnecks, who travel to Slugger Field to play Louisville City Saturday night at 7:30.

The Roughnecks head to Louisville after a 4-3 victory over Seattle Sounders FC II last week. Tulsa brings quick counter attacking ability and a tough goal keeper in Zac Lubin.

“Tulsa's gonna be a big game for us,” O'Connor said. “I mean they've got serious height, they have multiple players over six feet. They're a very big team, so it's gonna be a very physical game but we're looking forward to it.”

Louisville City is 1-0-3 after the game at Pittsburgh last weekend and the team sits fourth in the eastern conference with six points.

“We're really pleased to get home we're looking forward to playing at home. I think the atmosphere at the two home games has been excellent, so we're really looking forward to Saturday's game.” O'Connor.

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