In the fourth meeting with Loudoun United this season, Athletic came out on top 2-1 thanks to a Gabi Torres winner!
The game didn’t start in Athletic’s favor. Loudoun took an early lead in the 4th minute. Josh Fawole tucked it past Goalkeeper Parfait Mandanda for his first career goal. Throughout the rest of the first half, it was an end to end contest. Both teams were piling on shots and getting quality chances respectfully.
In the 17th minute, Hartford made a chance count. Arthur Rogers saw an opening. The British Midfielder took a couple of touches and fired home a shot from well outside the box!
The second half started like the first half ended, in a chaotic fashion. Both teams were not finding it hard to register shots on goal. Ever Guzmán almost capitalized in the 50th minute off of a Loudoun mistake, but couldnt find the net.
Hartford continued to press and the pressure paid off. Alex Dixon and Guzmán went close, but in the 75th minute, it was a defender who popped up at the back post. Gabi Torres made a long run and was there to tap in an Alex Lara cross to give Hartford the lead in the 76th minute!
Hartford hung on to win their third game in four meetings against Loudoun. Up next, Hartford hits the road to play a vital game against division leaders Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC who are in first place in Group F, six points clear of Hartford.
Shots (On-Target): Hartford Athletic 14 (5) - 13 (4) Loudoun
Corners: Hartford Athletic 4-6 Loudoun
Fouls: Hartford Athletic 18-13 Loudoun
Offsides: Hartford Athletic 0-3 Loudoun
Possession: Hartford Athletic 46%-54% Loudoun
Passing Accuracy: Hartford Athletic 69.9%-75.5% Loudoun
Saves: Hartford Athletic 3-2 Loudoun
4' - Josh Fawole (Christian Sorto) 0-1
17' - Arthur Rogers 1-1
76' - Gabriel Torres (Alex Lara) 2-1
6' - Matheus Silva (Yellow)
43' - Sam Strong (Yellow)
56' - Arthur Rogers (Yellow)
70' - Ever Guzmán (Yellow)
77' - Timmy Mehl (Yellow)
86' - Timmy Mehl (Second Yellow, Sent Off)
HARTFORD ATHLETIC STARTING LINEUP:
35 (GK) Parfait Mandanda; 2 (D) Alex Lara, 24 (D) Sam Strong (Kevin Politz 67'), 3 (D) Matheus Silva, 16 (D) Gabriel Torres; 10 (MF) Danny Barrera (Mads Jørgensen 90+6'), 21 (MF) Nicky Downs, 6 (MF) Arthur Rogers, 88 (MF) Tyreke Johnson (Aiden Mesias 67'); 99 (F) Ever Guzmán, 11 (F) Alex Dixon (Markus Naglestad 72')
LOUDOUN UNITED FC STARTING LINEUP:
40 (GK) Simon Lefebvre; 20 (D) Allexon Saravia, 29 (D) Timmy Mehl, 36 (D) Adam Lundegard (Shane Wiedt 72'); 28 (MF) Tyler Gabarra (Eremuse Momoh 89'), 23 (MF) Christian Sorto, 10 (MF) Michael Gamble, 7 (MF) Elvis Amoh (Ally Nganzi 89'), 14 (MF) Nelson Martinez (Diego Gomez 89'), 9 (MF) Ali Ndour; 21 (F) Joshua Fawole (RJ Fuentes 64')