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Louisville City blanks Richmond 3-0 with first sellout crowd

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A crowd of 8,254 marks Louisville's first sellout crowd for soccer at Louisville Slugger Field. A crowd of 8,254 marks Louisville's first sellout crowd for soccer at Louisville Slugger Field.
Magnus Rasmussen takes the ball upfield against Richmond on July 4, 2015 (Photo by Adam Creech). Magnus Rasmussen takes the ball upfield against Richmond on July 4, 2015 (Photo by Adam Creech).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville City took down in-conference powerhouse Richmond in a 3-0 victory Saturday night that earned the team a share of third place in the Eastern Conference. 

Before an announced attendance of 8,254, which is a sellout for soccer, Louisville City settled a score with the Richmond Kickers three months after a 1-1 draw in Virginia. 

"We're very pleased because Richmond are a very, very good team and they obviously cause teams problems, so it's a great win for us," coach James O'Connor said after the game. 

City controlled possession through the first half and managed to notch the first goal in the 17th minute when Bryan Burke's cross deflected off the chest of Matt Fondy and past the Kickers' keeper Ryan Taylor.  

Louisville's play down the wings earned the team several crosses and a total of seven shots on goal, outstripping Richmond's offense -- who managed just three shots on target. 

Early in the second half, City finally managed to shake their set piece woes when Tarek Morad finished a corner from the near post, glancing the ball off his head and past Richmond's chasing defenders. 

After the game, Enrique Montano -- who took the corner -- said he and Morad had been staying after practice recently to work on set piece plays just like the one executed in the game. 

"Tarek and I worked on shots from the near post and...practice makes goals eventually," Montano said. 

As the second half pressed on so did Richmond, pushing the ball through the middle trying to force their way into offensive positions. But in the 60th minute, Magnus Rasmussen struck back with a driven shot after walking the ball just inside the 18-yard box. 

Louisville's back line was able to stifle Richmond's point man Matthew Delicate until he was subbed off in the 73rd minute. 

"We spent a lot of time working on that with the defenders, we're aware of what Matthews strengths are," O'Connor said. 

Fans voted goalkeeper Scott Goodwin for man of the match. He pulled in three saves and directed Louisville's defense as the team built plays out of the back. 

"It's great, I always say he's like my dad," Montano said after the game. "He has such a deep voice, you know, so if we're in the marines, it's kind of like he's screaming at you so you kind of have to pay attention....he's a great figure and I just feel super comfortable with him back there."

"We're a tight knit group for sure and that's how I always like it to be," Goodwin said. "We're a great group of guys, everybody really meshes well."

The team returns to Slugger Field for the final leg of their four-Saturday homestand. The team will look to continue their streak with a win over the Charlotte Independence, who handed City the team's first loss of the season at home earlier this year.

After the team's second big win in a row, "It's head down and drive on," O'Connor said. 

Photo by Adam Creech (Full Gallery)

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