LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – Louisville and New York pushed each other to the limit.
They battled to a standstill through full time, then to extra time, and finally to penalty kicks, with neither team wanting to see their season end.
Unfortunately for Louisville, that’s where things did end as the team fell 4-3 in PKs Sunday at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
It was a game full of ups and downs for head coach James O’Connor and company. Louisville City jumped out to early lead in the 11th minute off a header from Paco Craig. Louisville held its lead deep into the second half, when things started to go against the Boys in Purple.
It started in the 52nd minute when starting goal keeper Greg Ranjitsingh went down with an injury. That forced Louisville to replace him with backup Tim Dobrowolski, who would give up the tying goal in the 74th minute.
Things then went from bad to worse for Louisville when the team was forced to play much of extra time a man down following a red card for Sean Reynolds and then later, (after a Red Card on New York) the dismissal of Craig following his second yellow.
Lou City survived both setbacks but they couldn’t survive New York goalkeeper Ryan Meara, who made two great saves in PKs, securing the win for New York.
For Louisville, it was a second straight USL East final loss.
New York will play the Swope Park Rangers at home a week
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