USL Cup: Louisville City repeats thanks to Luke Spencer's heroics

Luke Spencer, one of three players who served as interim co-coaches for a month following head coach James O’Connor’s mid-season departure, scored the lone goal to give Louisville City a 1-0 win over the Phoenix Rising and back-to-back USL championships.

Spencer, who handled in-game management during the period between when O'Connor left to coach MLS's Orlando City and John Hackworth was hired away from the U.S. U-17 national team, was starting because goalscoring star Cameron Lancaster was sidelined with a hamstring injury suffered in the semifinals.

Spencer scored in the 62nd minute with a volley after Ilija Ilic's overhead kick was headed off the line by Tristan Blackmon, who is on loan from LAFC.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 7,025 fans at the University of Louisville's Lynn Stadium for Lou City's 11th win in 11 playoff games dating back to its launch in 2015.

Trivia. Louisville City is the second team to win two USL titles after Orlando City, which won the titles in 2011 and 2013 before moving to MLS.

Nov. 8 in Louisville, Ky.
Louisville City 1 Phoenix 0. Goals: Spencer 62.
Louisville City -- Ranjitsingh; Souahy, Craig, Jimenez, Smith; DelPiccolo, Ownby (Rasmussen 90+2), Davis (Totsch 84), McCabe; Spencer, Ilic (Williams 70).
Phoenix -- Woszczynski, Abdul-Salaam, Dia, Farrell, Blackmon, Fernandez (Awako 85), Asante, Lambert, Drogba,  Johnson, Frater (Forbes 73).
Att.: 7,025.
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