Despite rainy conditions and a red card, Louisville City dominates Tulsa, 2-0
Through a near constant rain storm that left the pitch wet and slippery, City handled Tulsa in nearly every statistical category.
A large shot advantage was felt early, as Captain Matt Fondy finished a header in the 22nd minute to put City on the board.
It was Fondy's first goal of the season.
"I've never doubted Matt," head coach James O'Connor said. "We're all really pleased with Matt, but every one of the players tonight has been fantastic."
City continued to play strong defense throughout the game, highlighted by goalkeeper Scott Goodwin's six saves.
"I really think a lot of credit has to go the backline," Goodwin said. "It was incredible. That was one of the most solid performances, especially with the amount of crosses they had coming in.
"Our backline was just superb tonight ... just always organized."
Beginning the second with that one-goal lead, City quickly felt some pressure after midfielder Charlie Adams was sent off with a red card for a dangerous tackle.
Playing a man short, though, didn't seem to hurt the club too much.
"The red card set us back a little bit, but the character we showed to stick with it, and the fight from everyone ... I couldn't be more proud of the boys," Fondy said.
The defense continued to hold steady, and an own goal credited to Tulsa's Ryan Price in the 89th minute closed the door on the Roughnecks' chances.
The win pushed City to 2-0-3, leading to an "Undefeated" chant from the 4,877 fans throughout the stands of Louisville Slugger Field.
"The spirit and the character that we showed tonight ... tremendous," O'Connor said. "Really, really proud of all the players.
"And I want to thank all the supporters. Because the atmosphere tonight was immense. For them to stand with us through the lashing rain and the hail, it was absolutely incredible. And they were nice and loud and noisy and boisterous ... I'd like to thank each and every person who stood there in the rain with us tonight, because it meant a lot to me and to the players and to all of us here."
City is now in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the first-place Richmond Kickers, but just two points out of second place.
The club's next match will be next Saturday, May 2 at Transamerica Field against Charlotte Independence.
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