Aodhan Quinn headed in a 49th-minute corner kick, and goalkeeper Tim Dobrowolski posted a clean sheet in his professional debut Saturday to lift Louisville City FC to a 1-0 win at FC Montreal.
The victory marked LouCity's second in a row and solidified the club's No. 2 USL Eastern Conference standing with three games left in its regular season.
On a sunny afternoon at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, LouCity managed to shut down an FC Montreal team that entered having won four of its last five games. The home squad combined to tally 16 goals in those contests before shut out Saturday.
Dobrowolski, a Loyola-Chicago product who signed with Louisville in June, played the full 90 minutes between the posts. Coach James O'Connor had also brought in recently retired keeper Scott Goodwin -- he's now enrolled at Harvard Medical School -- as an option with regular starter Greg Ranjitsingh on international duty with Trinidad and Tobago.
There was no need for the emergency backup. Dobrowolski came up with his biggest save in stoppage time near the end of the first half, thwarting an FC Montreal strike on goal. Out of the locker room, LouCity netted a go-ahead shot of its own when Ben Newnam found Quinn on the far post for the midfielder's third goal of 2016.
LouCity had other chances, namely a 23rd-minute cross from Quinn to defender Tarek Morad, who aligned in central midfield on Saturday rather than along the back row. Morad's try bounced off the right post. Ultimately, Louisville didn't need it.
LouCity continued to bounce back well from its only instance of back-to-back losses this season, a pair of defeats to end July. Since then, the club is 3-1-2 and has moved nine points clear of the third-place Charleston Battery.
Wearing their gold and white road kits, LouCity players also remained unbeaten in the new alternate jerseys this season.
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