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After 4-0 loss, Louisville City hits the road in quest for Eastern Conference title

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After a staggering 4-0 home loss to FC Montreal last week, Louisville City Football Club is back on the pitch Wednesday night to take on the Harrisburg City Islanders in Pennsylvania.

“The reaction has been what I would expect it to be,” head coach James O’Connor said of the loss. “You learn from it, and you put it to the back of your mind and you focus on what you can fix.”

The team fell to a 3-0 lead after just 22 minutes. Giveaways in the midfield led to quick goals early in the game and, despite mounting chances in the second half, Louisville was never able to get on the score sheet.

"If we could’ve gotten a goal, it would’ve been a different game,” right back Bryan Burke said. “It was just a bad first 22 minutes. Other than that, I think the team played very well.”

Harrisburg comes into Wednesday’s match off a 3-2 win over the Richmond Kickers. The City Islanders got goals from Brett Jankouskas, Donte Leverock and Yann Ekra.

Harrisburg plays at the Skyline Sports Complex, which sits on an island in the Susquehanna River and gives the City Islanders their name.

Louisville will look to bounce back with a tightened up defensive presence. According to O’Connor, center back Conor Shanosky was playing last Wednesday with a lower back/tailbone issue.

“Conor had an issue before the game … We gave him some painkillers,” O’Connor explained. “I should have said ‘OK, you’re not quite right’ … I blame myself.”

The playoffs are only a little over a month away, and points are getting more and more important for everyone.

“We’re right there with Rochester, and we know we can catch them,” midfielder Aodhan Quinn said.

Louisville City sits in second place in the Eastern Conference, just six points behind the Rochester Rhinos.

“We’ve got the second most points in both conferences, there’s a hell of a lot to be positive about,” O’Connor said.

If Louisville City clinches first or second in the conference, the team will get a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

After the match at Harrisburg, Louisville travels to Tulsa to take on the Roughnecks Saturday at 8:30 p.m. EST. 

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