Sporting KC II took another defeat on Saturday evening. This time it came on the road by a final score of 4-1 against Louisville City FC. Lou City has now outscored SKC II 10-4 in three games this season.
SKC II offered very little going forward, but Kayden Pierre did get his first professional assist to draw SKC II level in the 71st minute. Otherwise, the visitors took just three additional shots in which none tested the keeper.
SKC II remains at the bottom of the Central Division with a record of 3-10-5 and 14 points. Lou City has extended their lead at the top of the table by six points with 36 points and an 11-3-3 record.
A day after signing an Academy contract, forward Zion Long got his professional debut. Coby Jones also got his first pro start in the midfield. On loan from the first team was goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh and defenders Graham Smith and Kayden Pierre.
The Starting XI— Sporting KC II (@SportingKCII) August 7, 2021
A professional debut for @Zion_w_Long and a first @USLChampionship start for @cobyjones09! The @SKCAcademy continues to bear great fruit.
Let's get it, fellas!#LOUvSKC pic.twitter.com/yhjCFBZqO8
Lou City’s leading scorer Cameron Lancaster returned to the lineup. Former SKC loanee Parker Siegfried got the start in goal. A notable absence from the team was Kyle Greig, who has scored a total of eight times against SKC II in his career, more than anyone else.
a few familiar faces back in tonight's XI. #LOUvSKC | @MyHometownPizza pic.twitter.com/qcI6VUfDyz— Louisville City FC (@loucityfc) August 7, 2021
The first chance of the game came to Lou City seven minutes in from a free kick. Lancaster’s effort from distance was well saved by McIntosh.
With a firm grip on the game, Lou City finally found the breakthrough in the final minute of first half stoppage time. Corben Bone assisted Jorge Gonzalez with a cutback ball. Once the ball arrived to Gonzalez, he hit it with his first touch to beat and end McIntosh’s 250-minute shutout streak.
Two words: Nutmeg. Goal.— Louisville City FC (@loucityfc) August 8, 2021
What a beaut, @jorgegonas10! pic.twitter.com/IT9ychbjXq
McIntosh saved another free kick from Lancaster in the 52nd minute. Once again, it dipped and hit the ground just before getting to the keeper.
With his first real opportunity of the game in the 68th minute, Enoch Mushagalusa leveled things on the quick counterattack. Making a run in behind the Lou City defense, Mushagalusa received a great ball from Kayden Pierre and touched it around the keeper before finishing it from a narrow angle.
From defense to attack in a flash ⚡️ @KaydenPierre5 sets up Enoch Mushagalusa for his team-leading sixth goal of the season.#LOUvSKC #SportingKC pic.twitter.com/6uB17yrxy1— Sporting KC II (@SportingKCII) August 8, 2021
Lou City had a quick response in the 71st minute off their 17th corner kick of the game. Jonathan Gomez sent in the corner and Brian Ownby beat SKC II’s zonal marking and headed in past the keeper.
Absolutely electric from Ownby. pic.twitter.com/VKsGouY6Gv— Louisville City FC (@loucityfc) August 8, 2021
The hosts struck again in the 75th minute to make it 3-1. Receiving a ball inside the six yard box, Ownby headed it back across for Lancaster to head in.
Right on a platter for @CameronPL. pic.twitter.com/VyxBhzUNP0— Louisville City FC (@loucityfc) August 8, 2021
As the final seconds ticked away, Lou City added a fourth. After Coby Jones lost the ball, Louisville made one final move forward as James McLaughlin’s effort on goal was deflected by Danny Barbir, but ruled a goal.
SKC II return to action on Wednesday when they visit Alabama for a match against Birmingham Legion FC.
Sporting Kansas City II: Kendall McIntosh; Danny Barbir; Graham Smith; Matt Constant (Jake Davis 78’); Kayden Pierre; Coby Jones; Petar Cuic (Jayin Van Deventer 87’); Christian Duke (C); Enoch Mushagalusa; Kion Long (Rojay Smith 66’); Jamil Roberts (Isaiah LeFlore 78’)
Subs Not Used: Remi Prieur; Aljaz Dzankic; Jahon Rad
Louisville City FC: Parker Siegfried; Jonathan Gomez; Wes Charpie; Sean Totsch; Pat McMahon; Corben Bone (Niall McCabe 60’); Tyler Gibson; Paolo Del Piccolo (C) (Napo Matsoso 77’); Brian Ownby (James McLaughlin 80’); Cameron Lancaster; Jorge Gonzalez (Antoine Hoppenot 77’)
Subs Not Used: Chris Hubbard; Alexis Souahy; Akil Watts
LOU — Jorge Gonzalez (Corben Bone) 45+3’
SKC — Enoch Mushagalusa (Kayden Pierre) 68’
LOU — Brian Ownby (Jonathan Gomez) 71’
LOU — Cameron Lancaster (Brian Ownby) 75’
LOU — James McLaughlin (Antoine Hoppenot) 90+4’
SKC — Coby Jones (yellow card; foul) 9’
LOU — Napo Matsoso (yellow card; foul) 84’
LOU — Antoine Hoppenot (yellow card; foul) 87’
SKC — Jake Davis (yellow card; foul) 88’