USL Championship: Louisville City stays alive in bid for three-peat

Louisville City's bid for a third straight USL Championship looked to be over when it trailed Indy Eleven, 1-0, late in regulation.

But Antoine Hoppenot scored an equalizer off a corner kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time and Magnus Rasmussen and Luke Spencer added goals in overtime to send Louisville City into the final with a 3-1 win.

Saturday's game marked the fifth time in its five years Louisville City played to the Eastern Conference final.

"To fight back and to literally score an equalizer at the very end, the last seconds, and then to go on and score two more in overtime?" said Louisville City coach John Hackworth. "I just can't say enough about the belief that we all have for what we do."

Louisville City will host the Real Monarchs at the University of Louisville's Lynn Stadium next Sunday. It will enter the game with 11 straight playoff wins.

Nov. 9 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Indy Eleven 1 Louisville City 3. Goals: Pasher 67; Hoppenot 90+4, Rasmusssen 94, Spencer pen. 113.
Indy Eleven -- Farr; Hackshaw, Barrett, Ouimette; Ayoze, Gibson, Conner (Watson 68), Walker (Starikov 98), King (Ilic 98); Pasher, Kelly (Novoa 83).
Louisville City -- Hubbard; Jimenez, Craig, Totsch (Davis IV 83), McMahon (Thiam 71); Williams, Rasmussen (DelPiccolo 95); McCabe, Ownby, Hoppenot (Souahy 90+5); Spencer.
Att.: 7,171.

The Real Monarchs also came back from a goal down to dispatch expansion El Paso Locomotive, 2-1, in overtime.

Kalen Ryden equalized early in the second half, and Erik Holt, Real Salt Lake's Homegrown Player signing out of UCLA, headed the game-winner in the 120th minute to win the game.

El Paso lost James Kiffe to a red card for his second-yellow card in the 52nd minute. Despite the advantage, the Monarchs had to absorb pressure from the Locomotive until Holt's late winner.

Nov. 9 in Herriman, Utah
Real Monarchs 2 El Paso 1. Goals: Ryden 48, Holt 120; Fox 45+1.
Real Monarchs -- Ochoa; Holt, Moberg (Powder 78), Ryden, Plewa, Mulholland (Arriaga 110), Schmitt, Portillo, Chang, Blake, Martinez.
El Paso -- Ketterer; N’toko, Fox, Kiffe, Beckie, Yuma (Bosetti 117), Ross, Velasquez, Salgado, Gomez (Ryan 95), Kiesewetter (Makinde 57).
Att.: 4,521.

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