December 3, 2011 - Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) - Louisville Lightning
The Louisville Lightning opened the first game of their weekend road trip by dropping a close game to the Illinois Piasa Friday night. Illinois came from behind to defeat the Lightning 13-9 behind two late goals from Blake Ordell.
Louisville went on the road Friday to face the Illinois Piasa in the first game of a two-game road trip. The visitors jumped ahead early, but Illinois fought back and claimed the 13-9 victory at The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon, Illinois.
Louisville's Darren Yeagle scored the first goal to put the Lightning ahead 1-0, but Illinois fought back to score two in the first quarter and make it a 2-1 game at the end of the first period. Louisville's Ollie Dyson scored to open the second quarter, but the home side scored again to make it 3-2 early on.
J.T. Murray would score the equalizer off a half-volley to make it 3-3, then Corey Maret would fire a rocket from the top of the arc into the back of the net, putting the Lightning up 4-3 in the second quarter. After another Illinois equalizer, the Piasa's Tim Vance would score with 7:28 remaining in the first half to put the Lightning in a 5-4 hole.
Louisville would fight back, creating scoring opportunities in hopes of equalizing in the match. After a sixth team foul put the Piasa a man down, the Lightning tried to tie things up. Instead, Illinois scored a short-handed goal to make it 6-4 on the Ricky Andrews assist to Mike Jones. Justin Judiscak would set up Elvir Kafedzic moments later for another goal to put Illinois up 7-4 at the half.
The Lightning would open the second half by creating and intensifying their defensive pressure in an attempt to turn it into goals via the counter-attack. Instead, Muriz Smajic would find Tim Vance on an Illinois power play to put the home side up 8-4 in the third quarter.
Darren Yeagle would again hit the back of the net for the Lightning, making it an 8-5 game in the third period. After a Piasa blue card following some difficult challenges, Louisville would attempt to capitalize on a power play of their own. J.T. Murray would score to make it 8-6, then Ollie Dyson would score off a free kick to make it 8-7.
After Louisville made it a close game, the Piasa would answer once again, with Elvir Kafedzic again finding Tim Vance, then Mike Jones scoring an unassisted goal to give the Piasa a 10-7 lead with 13 minutes remaining. Darren Yeagle would earn a hat trick after J.T. Murray set him up to make it 10-8, but Blake Ordell would find the back of the net off the assist from Elvir Kafedzic to make it 11-8 in the fourth quarter.
With just over four minutes left, Louisville's Ross Hopkins would make it 11-9 as the visitors fought back to try to pull out the road victory. After finding several chances, Illinois's Blake Ordell would score on a counter-attack to make it 12-9 with just minutes remaining. The Piasa would add one more to claim the 13-9 victory at home over the Lightning.
Louisville's Darren Yeagle led all Lightning scorers with three goals on the night. The Piasa were led by Elvir Kafedzic with three goals and two assists Friday. Tim Vance also scored a hat trick for Illinois.
The Lightning are back in action Saturday night. They're on the road to take on the Kansas Magic in Overland Park, Kansas. Kickoff from Epic Sports Complex is set for 8:35 PM EST. The game will be streamed live online here at www.louisvillelightning.com.