Fierce soccer battle between Lou City and Cincinnati ends in draw

Fierce soccer battle between Lou City and Cincinnati ends in draw

( From Louisville City FC release)

In front of a Louisville City FC record crowd of 10,062 fans, showcased on ESPN3 as the United Soccer League’s Game of the Week, LouCity threatened throughout Saturday night before coming away with a point in the standings in its second meeting with FC Cincinnati.

Louisville volleyed 13 shots on its rival at Slugger Field — five of them on goal — but couldn’t convert to put a swift end to the River Cities Cup. Still, with a 0-0 draw, the first-place club extended its unbeaten streak in United Soccer League matches to 14 fixtures.

Saturday also marked a return to the starting lineup for Kadeem Dacres, who manned the right midfield spot and totaled three shots, often winning possession in the opposing half of the field. Dacres, LouCity’s third-leading scorer last year, earned Man of the Math honors for his effort.

On the heels of a 3-2 LouCity victory April 16 in its first meeting with FC Cincinnati, LouCity controlled possession in the first half, with multiple short corner kicks turned into solid chances.

“I felt in the first half we played excellently,” said midfielder Niall McCabe. “We limited them — limited their chances to zero, really. Played all the game in their half, created chance after chance. It wasn’t half chances either. It was pretty clear-cut chances.

“We can be really disappointed that we didn’t go in at the half, maybe two, three goals up. They’re a really good team, though — defended well. We definitely saw that was a two-drop tonight, for sure. The first half especially with the chances that we created we’re really disappointed that we didn’t grab the win.”