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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville City FC fell short of its fourth consecutive USL Championship Final on Saturday, losing 2-1 to the Tampa Bay Rowdies at Lynn Family Stadium in the Eastern Conference final.

The loss snapped Louisville City's 13-game unbeaten streak, which dated back to July 29, and its eight-game winning streak. 

Tampa Bay took a 1-0 lead in the game's opening three minutes with a goal from Zach Steinberger. Sebastian Guenzatti stretched the Rowdies' lead to 2-0 by sneaking the ball past Lou City goalkeeper Ben Lundt on a rebound shot in stoppage time before halftime.

"We made two mistakes and gave up two goals at really bad times — one early and one right before half," Lou City midfielder and team captain Paolo DelPiccolo said. "For me, those are two mistakes you can not make in a game like this. I thought there were spells where we played really good football, too.

"It’s a game we should not lose, and we cannot lose," he added. "But when you make mistakes like that, you will lose the game and that’s what happened. It’s tough to swallow."

Louisville City FC outshot Tampa Bay 13 to 10 but didn't get its first shot on goal until the game's 39th minute. The Boys in Purple got on the board less than three minutes into the second half when a cross into the box from midfielder Brian Ownby bounced off Tampa Bay defender Max Lachowecki and into the back of the net for an own goal. 

With the loss, Louisville City FC ends its 2020 season with a record of 13-4-2. 

"We faced a really good Tampa team and got exactly what we were going to get and thought we were going to get," Lou City coach John Hackworth said. "We had good preparations and we knew what was coming, but credit to Tampa. It’s on us for how this went down."

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