LOUISVILLE (May 19, 2018) – Louisville City FC stayed unbeaten at home after a 2-1 win over Atlanta United FC 2 in front of over 8,600 on Saturday night at Slugger Field! A goal from forward Cameron Lancaster in the first half made it five on the year for him, while a stoppage-time penalty from Ilija Ilic earned the three points.
Coach James O'Connor made just one change from the team that fell 2-0 to Nashville SC last week, swapping in George Davis IV for Brian Ownby.
City came out on the offensive, creating a few chances that ATL2 'keeper Paul Christenson was equal to in the opening minutes. Eventually forcing their way through, forward Cameron Lancaster settled a deflected pass in the box and produced a calm finish to put City in front, 1-0, after 24 minutes.
ATL2 was quick to respond with a goal of their own in the 31st minute, but City 'keeper Greg Ranjitsingh produced a pair of remarkable saves to keep the score level heading into halftime.
Into the second half, City continued to pile pressure on the Atlanta goal as attacking subs Luke Spencer, Ilija Ilic, and Magnus Rasmussen all looked to make an impact off the bench. Approaching stoppage time, a golden chance for Spencer came in off a cross from defender Oscar Jimenez but the forward was only able to head down in testing Christensen.
However, one minute into stoppage time, LouCity earned a crucial penalty that saw defender Shawn Nicklaw enter the referee's book. Stepping up, Ilic buried the spot kick from 12 yards out to put his side in front for good and seal a 2-1 win.