LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville City FC got a goal and assist from Antoine Hoppenot in a 3-0 victory against Saint Louis FC on Saturday night at Lynn Family Stadium that sent the hosts back on top of Group E and evened the Kings’ Cup series for the season.
The game opened quietly, and it wasn’t until the 23rd minute that LouCity created the first good look at goal as Corben Bone slid Antoine Hoppenot into the left side of the penalty area for a shot that was deflected high and wide by a trailing defender.
Five minutes later, however, Hoppenot put the hosts ahead on a similar chance. After Speedy Williams had a powerful shot from 25 yards blocked by STLFC defender Phanuel Kavita, the ball came back to the Jamaican international who spotted Hoppenot cutting in from the left side. Williams played a nice, lifted pass through to find Hoppenot, who fired high first-time into the net giving Saint Louis goalkeeper Kyle Morton little chance.
Saint Louis had a chance to answer four minutes before halftime as it was awarded a free kick just to the right of center outside the penalty area, but Wal Fall’s curling effort to the right corner was comfortably saved. Just two minutes later, LouCity had its second as Paolo DelPiccolo turned possession over in the Saint Louis half and quickly released Hoppenot into the left side of the penalty area. This time Hoppenot slid his pass to the center of the area as Morton came out to challenge, and Cameron Lancaster put home a crisp finish to double the lead.
Morton shone in the second half to keep the visitors in the game, twice denying Napo Matsoso a chance at a third for Louisville. Ten minutes after the break, Matsoso broke onto a pass into space from Hoppenot but Morton got just enough on his low shot to allow Paris Gee to clear. Then in the 61st minute, Hoppenot held play up in the left side of the penalty area and laid a pass to his right for Matsoso near the penalty spot, but Morton made a brilliant reaction save to tip it over the crossbar.
Saint Louis was unable to find many inroads as it looks to find a way back into the game, but with three minutes to go Russell Cicerone got in behind the LouCity defense and was one-on-one with Lundt but sent his finish over the crossbar. LouCity’s Oscar Jimenez had a good chance in the game with a minute to go, but the hosts wrapped up all three points in stoppage time as Jason Johnson connected with a low cross from Brian Ownby for his first goal for Louisville as his side regained top spot in the group.
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Antoine Hoppenot, Louisville City FC – Hoppenot had a goal and assist and was a threat throughout the night with two shots and four key passes as LouCity’s undefeated streak rolled on.