USL Playoffs: Third time is charm for Lou City, Swope Park returns to final

For the third time in three seasons in the USL, Louisville City FC reached the Eastern Conference final.

After losing to Rochester in 2015 and the New York Red Bulls II in 2016, Lou City beat RBII, 4-3, in a shootout after a 1-1 tie and moved into the 2017 USL Cup final against Swope Park Rangers.

Brian Ownby, who began his pro career with MLS's Houston Dynamo, scored his third goal in third games for Lou City, but Junior Flemmings evened the score in the 57th minute.

Trinidadian keeper Greg Ranjitsingh made two saves in the shootout as Lou City won the shootout, 4-3, reversing its shootout defeat by the same score in the 2016 conference final.

Nov. 4 in Louisville, Ky.
Louisville City 1 NY Red Bulls II 1. Goals: Ownby 12; Flemmings 57.
(Louisville City wins 4-3 on penalties.)
Louisville City -- Ranjitsingh, Delpiccolo, Jimenez, Morad, Craig (Ballard 63), Totsch, Smith,  Williams, Kaye, Ownby (Davis 87), Spencer (Lancaster 72).
NY Red Bulls II -- Louro, Ndam (Schmoll 58), Najem, Scarlett, Kutler, Metzger, Basuljevic (Mines 102), Tinari, Valot, Flemmings (Martinez 114), Bonomo.
Att.: 10,047.

Goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas ended an 11-round shootout when he stopped CJ Cochran's attempt and then scored to give Swope Park Ranger a 7-6 shootout win following a 0-0 draw at Children’s Mercy Park and back-to-back Western Conference championships.

Nov. 4 in Kansas City, Kan.
Swope Park Rangers 0 OKC Energy FC 0.
(Swope Park Rangers win 7-6 on penalties.)
Swope Park Rangers -- Zendejas; Storm, Didic, Maher, Barnathan, Musa, Duke, Belmar, Moloto, Hernandez (Oliveira 87), Pasher (Selbol 71).
OKC Energy FC -- Cochran; Brown, Fink, Daly, Hyland, Wallace, M.Gonzalez (A.Dixon 58), Barril (D.Gonzalez 109), Guzman (Bond 96), Wojcik, Angulo.
Att.: 3,012.

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