Another valiant effort, but this time Sporting KC II were rewarded with their first points of the season after a late mistake was punished with a swift counter attack from Wilson Harris to win their first match in nearly ten months by a score of 2-1.
Sporting KC II made five changes from Saturday’s loss to Lou City, as former St. Mary’s College (Moraga, California) goalkeeper Remi Prieur made his SKC II debut while Danny Barbir, Duval Wapiwo, Jaret Townsend, and Dominik Resetar all got their first starts with the club.
Sporting II grabbed the early lead in the eighth minute through Dominik Resetar after he pounced on the chance revived by the hustle of Jaret Townsend. Louisville found the equalizer in the 21st minute from a free kick that Cameron Lancaster put past Remi Prieur.
Wilson Harris found the winner on the counter attack in the 83rd minute after Jake Davis sent him in after picking up the mistake from the Lou City midfield. The remaining seven minutes of regular time and seven minutes of stoppage time saw SKC II defend very well as they handed Lou City their third loss from four matches since the restart.
Sporting KC II’s first win of the season still keeps them in fourth place in Group E, three points behind Louisville and six points behind the second place playoff qualification spot that St. Louis FC currently holds. Lou City’s third loss at Lynn Family Stadium will be tough to take after missing their chance to draw level with St. Louis FC on points.
After some questionable substitutions from Saturday’s loss, manager Paulo Nagamura got it right on Wednesday evening with the 62nd minute entry of WIlson Harris. It was no surprise that SKC II’s matchwinner came from Harris, who has now scored in 12 of his last 15 matches. The SKC Academy product came on in the 62nd minute for the injured Jaret Townsend and added another dimension to the SKC II attack. It was also a good sign to see Dominik Resetar take his chance and score, as it gives SKC II another option to look for goals outside of Wilson Harris.
Defensively it was set up a bit different than expected with Camden Riley at right back and Petar Cuic stepping into the holding midfield role as Danny Barbir started at left center back, but they held up pretty well against some decent attackers on the opposition. While Remi Prieur should have done better with the free kick, he had a stunning double save earlier that should be up for USL Save of the Week.
Sporting KC II will have another quick turnaround with their second visit of the season to Lucas Oil Stadium, where the undefeated Indy Eleven await Paulo Nagamura’s side on a contest set for Saturday, August 1st, at 6:00 PM CT.
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