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Harris Bags a Hat Trick, LouCity Rolls Past Indy Eleven on CBS

April 6, 2024 - United Soccer League Championship (USL)
Louisville City FC News Release

Louisville City FC celebrates a goal
Louisville City FC celebrates a goal
(Louisville City FC, Credit: Connor Cunningham)

In front of 11,330 fans at Lynn Family Stadium and many more watching on CBS, Louisville City FC lived out a storybook afternoon Saturday while defeating rival Indy Eleven by a 5-3 score.

Wilson Harris registered his first hat trick, Kentucky native Jansen Wilson scored his first career goal, and Louisvillian Elijah Wynder tacked on another as LouCity moved its record to 4-0, matching the club's best-ever start.

Last time City won four straight to open a season, the boys in purple went on to win the 2018 USL Championship title. Consider this a statement of intent made during the league's network television debut.

"It was an incredible night as far as entertaining, I'm sure, for everyone who was here and watching on CBS," Cruz said. "I would have liked it to be a little bit less goals against and a little bit more for us, but all in all the atmosphere was fantastic. It was an incredible evening, and I'm really proud of the group and how they handled the moment."

Harris scored in the 16th, 62nd and 71st minutes, hitting the back of the net in a multitude of ways. First, he clanged in a hard-angle shot off the back post. Next, he took a solo dribble through the final third, juked the goalkeeper and scored on an open net. Lastly, Harris timed up a run behind the enemy back line to cap LouCity's scoring.

Harris has now tallied seven goals in four games - best so far in the USL Championship. He claimed the first LouCity hat trick since Enoch Mushagalusa in a July 9, 2022, victory over New York Red Bulls II.

"You take it all in at once," Harris said of his afternoon. "You're not in your head so much. You're just playing free. It's super loud, and you can't really think. All the hard work you put in during the week hopefully shows, and it did today."

Jansen Wilson made the word of the afternoon was "resiliency" for a LouCity team that defensively will want a few moments back.

Indy Eleven's Jack Blake converted a 34th-minute penalty kick, then made it a brace in the 59th. But LouCity kept answering, with Wilson curling in a 41st-minute shot and Wynder heading in a pinballing effort in the right out of the half.

By the time an 82nd-minute Indy Eleven shot bounced off Niall McCabe and in - it was ruled an own goal - the game was out of reach for the visitors.

"We have a fighting mentality, and we just keep going," Wilson said. "...The goal was great. It's even more important to get the win. To win with a crowd like this, in this kind of stadium on this platform, it shows wonders and really takes this club to the next level."

Cruz continued to start the same 11 players as in LouCity's prior three victories, featuring six newcomers in the lineup. Saturday's game also saw recently announced loanee Aiden McFadden sub on for the first time.

The coach guaranteed rotation as City faces a quick turnaround and another national TV audience. The boys in purple travel to play the Charleston Battery at 7 p.m. Tuesday on CBS Sports Network, marking a rematch of the 2023 Eastern Conference Final.

"The focus will just be on recovery - that's it for the most part," Cruz said. "As far as lineup, there'll be changes. I can guarantee that at the moment, and it'll be a good opportunity for guys that have been watching or (subbing) into the game why after Charleston they should be starting again."

Game Summary: Louisville City FC vs. Indy Eleven

Date: April 6, 2023

Venue: Lynn Family Stadium

Kickoff: 4 p.m.

Attendance: 11,330

Weather: 58 degrees, sunny


Louisville City FC (2, 3, 5)

Indy Eleven (1, 2, 3)


Louisville City FC:

16' Wilson Harris (Jake Morris)

41' Jansen Wilson (Wilson Harris)

50' Elijah Wynder (Ray Serrano)

62' Wilson Harris (Adrien Perez)

71' Wilson Harris (Ray Serrano)

Indy Eleven:

34' Jack Blake

59' Jack Blake (Sebastian Guenzatti)

82' Niall McCabe own goal


Louisville City FC: 18 - Damian Las, 3 - Jake Morris (60' 2 - Aiden McFadden), 32 - Kyle Adams, 5 - Arturo Ordóñez, 4 - Sean Totsch, 25 - Jansen Wilson (87' 24 - Tola Showunmi), 17 - Taylor Davila, 23 - Elijah Wynder (79' 11 - Niall McCabe), 7 - Ray Serrano (87' 6 - Wes Charpie), 16 - Adrien Perez, 14 - Wilson Harris (79' 21 - Jorge Gonzalez)

Subs not used: 18 - Danny Faundez, 22 - Dylan Mares, 80 - Hayden Stamps

Head coach: Danny Cruz

Indy Eleven: 1 - Yannik Oettl, 3 - Aedan Stanley, 15 - Adrian Diz, 2 - Josh O'Brien, 23 - Younes Boudadi, 8 - Jack Blake, 34 - Max Schneider (62' 22 - Tyler Gibson), 6 - Cam Lindley, 42 - Douglas Martinez, 9 - Augustine Williams (62' 17 - Tega Ikoba), 13 - Sebastian Guenzatti (79' 18 - Elliot Collier)

Subs not used: 4 - Daniel Barbir, 16 - Laurence Wootton, 44 - Mcauley King, 99 - Hunter Sulte

Head coach: Sean McAuley

Stats Summary: Louisville City FC / Indy Eleven

Shots: 20 / 7

Shots on Goal: 7 / 3

Possession: 47.1% / 52.9%

Fouls: 18 / 12

Offside: 3 / 3

Corner Kicks: 6 / 5

Discipline Summary

Louisville City FC:

76' Damian Las (yellow)

87' Ray Serrano (yellow)

90'+6 Jorge Gonzalez (yellow)

Indy Eleven:

32' Douglas Martinez (yellow)

40' Younes Boudadi (yellow)

71' Yannik Oettl (yellow)

Referee: Jeremy Scheer

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Louisville City FC celebrates a goal

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