Sporting Kansas City II (1-3-0, 3 points) secured an excellent 2-1 victory over perennial USL Championship powerhouse Louisville City FC (2-3-0, 6 points) at Lynn Family Stadium in Kentucky on Wednesday night. Dominik Resetar scored his first goal for the club before the ever-reliable Wilson Harris bagged a late winner as SKC II picked up their first points of the 2020 season.
Harris scored his second goal of the season and the 12th in his last 15 games. In fact, no player in the USL Championship has scored more goals than Harris in the past 12 months, with the Sporting KC Academy product averaging a goal every 89.6 minutes.
Debutant goalkeeper Remi Prieur was kept busy throughout the night, making nine saves during his first professional game. With the first chance of the game, Prieur was let off the hook as a looping header from Niall McCabe landed on the top of the bar and bounced back into play.
Moments later, Sporting KC II took the lead. Dillon Serna whipped in a low ball from the left wing that found Jaret Townsend sneaking in front of his marker, and the 2020 SuperDraft pick laid the ball off to Croatian striker Resetar who fired into the corner with aplomb. Both Townsend and Resetar were making their first starts for SKC II.
In the 13th minute, Prieur was called into serious action and rose to the occasion magnificently. A low cross was deflected toward his own goal by Danny Barbir, and Prieur got down low to block it at his near post before sprawling to his left to block Napo Matsoso’s follow-up with the goal gaping.
Louisville City began exerting more and more pressure at their new home stadium as the half wore on and found their equalizer in the 21st minute. Kaveh Rad was called for a foul on the edge of the area and Cameron Lancaster stepped up to curl a brilliant free kick into the top corner for his second goal against SKC II in as many games.
The hosts continued to ask most of the questions in the second half, meaning Prieur needed to remain sharp to smother several attempts from the edge of the area. Both sides had several penalty claims waved away by the referee as the clock ticked into the latter stages of the game.
In the 83rd minute, substitute Jake Davis pounced on a loose touch in midfield and fed a through ball into the path of Harris who had subbed onto the field earlier in the second half. Harris dribbled at the final defender before cutting to his left foot and firing beyond Ben Lundt in the Louisville goal to give his side a 2-1 lead.
The home side pumped balls into the box as the referee allowed the two teams to play into the 99th minute but Sporting II held on for a well-earned victory.
Sporting KC II is back in action on Saturday, August 1 when the side continues their road swing and takes on Indy Eleven at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CT on ESPN+.
2020 USL Championship
Game 4 of 16
Lynn Family Stadium | Louisville, Kentucky
Weather: Partly cloudy and 90 degrees
|Sporting Kansas City II (1-3-0, 3 points)||1||1||2|
|Louisville City FC (2-3-0, 6 points)||1||0||1|
Sporting Kansas City II: Remi Prieur; Camden Riley (Sam Raben 88’), Kaveh Rad, Danny Barbir, Dillon Serna; Petar Cuic, Duval Wapiwo (Jake Davis 55’), Christian Duke (C); Jaret Townsend (Wilson Harris 62’), Dominik Resetar (Jahon Rad 88’), Enoch Mushagalusa (Fredinho Mompremier 55’)
Subs Not Used: Brooks Thompson, Ryan Fessler
Louisville City FC: Ben Lundt; Akil Watts, Sean Totsch, Jimmy Ockford, Jonathan Gomez; Napo Matsoso (Corben Bone 46’), Devon Williams (C), Niall McCabe; Antoine Hoppenot (George Davis IV 66’), Cameron Lancaster (Luke Spencer 65’), Abdou Thiam (Brian Ownby 46’)
Subs Not Used: Chris Hubbard, Wes Charpie, Oscar Jimenez
SKC – Dominik Resetar 1 (Jaret Townsend 1) 8’
LOU – Cameron Lancaster 3 (Unassisted) 21’
SKC – Wilson Harris 2 (Jake Davis 1) 83’
LOU – Jimmy Ockford (Yellow Card; Unsporting Behavior) 36’
SKC – Dominik Resetar (Yellow Card; Unsporting Behavior) 61’
LOU – Sean Totsch (Yellow Card; Unsporting Behavior) 94+
|Shots on Goal||3||9|
Referee: Josh Few
Assistant Referee: Walt Hatherly
Assistant Referee: Chris Schurfranz
Fourth Official: Nabil Bensalah