Loyal drop hard-fought match 1-0 vs. Louisville City

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This Saturday, September 16, the San Diego Loyal played Louisville City FC for a game in the 30th round of the USL Championship.

The Loyal lost this match 1-0 in what was a hard-fought match at Lynn Family Stadium, and what was their second consecutive loss.

San Diego was enjoying a three-game undefeated streak at home but is now on a two-game losing streak on the road. Louisville was the only team competing in the first half, as the Loyal struggled to generate offensive play in the first 45 minutes with just a shot. Louisville scored in the fifth minute of play and to much sure, prise that was the decisive goal of the match.

The scoring play started with a cross by Brian Ownby on the right wing, then a header by JGonzalezzlaez inside of the penalty area. Wilson Harris scored off a rebound after Gonzalez’s effort was stopped by Koke Vegas.

The Loyal woke up in the second half ofplay but were unable to get past Louisville keeper Oliver Semmle. The German shot-stopper had a spectacular display, notably saving a shot by Evan Conway in the 76th minute. The Loyal had five shots on target in the second half but nothing to show for it.

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Oliver Semmle was by far the best player in the match with five saves in the match, allowing Louisville to come away with a slim 1-0 win at home. The game was a very frustrating one for the San Diego Loyal with the slow first half andgoalkeeper’seeper heorics.

The Loyal are still in the playoff race after the match, currently fifth in the USL Western Conference with 43 points. San Diego will continue to be on the road, as their next fixture is against Monterey Bay away from home on Sept. 20. The Loyal will return home to face Las Vegas Lights on Sept. 24,

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