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Fondy's record-breaking hat trick helps put Louisville City into the playoffs

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Matt Fondy photo by Em Dash Photography (Courtesy: USL) Matt Fondy photo by Em Dash Photography (Courtesy: USL)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville City FC's star striker Matt Fondy etched himself into the USL record book Wednesday night while propelling Louisville into the playoffs in the club's inaugural season with a 4-0 win. 

Fondy's third hat trick of the season came in the first half against Harrisburg City Islanders, putting his goal total up to 21 for the season. That's one better than the former USL side Orlando City's Kevin Molino's record of 20. It also bests 20 goals Oklahoma City's Danni Konig has scored so far this season, putting Fondy just ahead of his Western Conference competitor for the top goal scorer crown. 

“There’s a thousand people I could thank,” Fondy said after the game. “It feels great. No words.”

In another dominating performance, the likes of which Louisville City is no stranger to, the boys in purple soundly dismantled Harrisburg's defense in front of 7,702 fans Wednesday night. Of Fondy's 21 goals, 7 have now come against Harrisburg in the clubs' last two meetings. 

Louisville struck early, with Fondy's first goal coming in the 19th minute on a series of give-and-go passes from Ilija Ilic and Magnus Rasmussen. Just three minutes later, Fondy netted his second goal of the night after winning a loose ball down field.  

Fondy put Louisville City up 3-0 just before halftime and Harrisburg would never recover, though the City Islanders managed 13 shots and forced Louisville keeper Scott Goodwin to make 6 saves. 

Louisville City continued their offensive pressure into the second half and ended up with a number of frustrating near-misses before Ilic finally found the back of the net in extra time off a Bryan Burke cross for his first goal of the season. 

"I’m really pleased for Matt, but I don’t want that to take away from the rest of the players," Coach James O'Connor said. "I could not have more respect for these boys."

With the win, Louisville clinches a spot in the playoffs for the team's first season. The team heads on the road to New York Red Bulls II Saturday to try and protect their second place slot in the Eastern Conference, which would earn them a bye in the first round. 

Photo by Adam Creech

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