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LouCity, Indy Eleven Even After First LIPAFC Meeting in 2020

August 8, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Louisville City FC News Release

Devon "Speedy" Williams of Louisville City FC gets a shot past the Indy Eleven
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Rivals Louisville City FC and Indy Eleven will play three more times during the shortened USL Championship season, and it's those meetings in which the 2020 Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest will be decided.

The boys in purple leveled with Indy Eleven in a 1-1 draw Saturday at Lynn Family Stadium, where a Devon "Speedy" Williams header provided early theatrics for the home side. Later, the inevitable happened when Indy's league-leading scorer, Tyler Pasher, equalized in front of an announced 4,850 fans.

As a result - a point to both clubs - the USL's Group E standings stood pat with Indy Eleven (5-2-1, 16 points) extending its lead slightly. LouCity (2-3-1, 7 points) remained fourth in the pod after the first of three games in a frantic eight days. The boys in purple host Sporting KC II on Wednesday before welcoming Loudoun United FC on Aug. 15.

Williams moved LouCity ahead on a third-minute header, much in part to teammate Napo Matsoso's work out wide. Moving away from his goal, Matsoso won a sliding challenge, turned and crossed, finding Williams on the other side of the box for the Jamaican international's second goal of the season.

LouCity continued pouring in chances during the first 45 minutes, going on to out-shoot Indy Eleven, 22-10 by the final whistle. Particularly, in the seventh minute the home side nearly doubled the lead when striker Cameron Lancaster's blocked shot landed at the foot of midfielder Brian Ownby, who pulled his try wide left.

Ownby had another nice look in the 68th minute this time forcing Indy Eleven's goalkeeper to make a save. And Williams took another headed chance in the 81st minute that would have been good if on frame.

By that point, the boys in purple were trying to break a tie. In the 59th minute, Indy Eleven's Andrew Carleton looped in a pinpoint cross to Pasher, who needed just one touch to equalize while racking up his seventh goal in eight games, best across the USL.

Outside of shots, the stat sheet is a balanced one, and that's where the LIPAFC rivals will leave it until finishing their season series Aug. 26 at Lynn Family Stadium before contests Sept. 5 and Sept. 16 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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Devon "Speedy" Williams of Louisville City FC gets a shot past the Indy Eleven


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