FC Cincinnati scored their biggest win of the season Saturday afternoon after defeating Louisville City FC 2-0. Louisville, who still sits at the top of the Eastern Division, was handed only their second loss of the season and the two goal victory awarded Cincinnati the inaugural River Cities Cup.
FCC played one of their most complete games of the season in front of over 20,000 fans. This is the fourth time this season (third USL game) in which over 20,000 have turned up to watch the men in Orange and Blue take the pitch. This mark was impressive Saturday considering scorching temperatures, little cloud cover and an afternoon kickoff time.
Rebounding nicely after their midweek loss, FCC now sits only four points behind New York and five behind Louisville in the Eastern Division.
On the field, FCC saw strong play in almost every facet of the game. They were able to attack nicely leading to two quality goals. The defense and play by keeper Mitch Hildebrandt led the team to a clean sheet against one of the most high powered offenses in the USL.
Cincinnati got the scoring started in the first half when Andrew Wiedeman’s well placed shot was able to sneak into the corner of the goal in the 39th minute. The goal shifted the momentum to FCC after Louisville looked strong with plenty of looks early in the match.
From that moment on, FC Cincinnati controlled the game, providing unrelenting pressure. This eventually resulted in the second goal shortly after the second half got under way. Ugo Okoli got free in the box on a Corben Bone corner and calmly put the ball in the net in the 59th minute for his eighth goal of the season.
For the most part, FCC protected the 2-0 lead well. Louisville City had multiple shots hit iron, but besides those few chances they couldn’t seem to get anything going in the Cincinnati heat.
FC Cincinnati will attempt to carry on this momentum next Saturday when they host the Charleston Battery.