Lexington Sporting Club suffered a 2-1 defeat at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, NC. The loss was the third straight for the club.
The loss brings the club’s record to 3-8-5 (14 points), standing at 10th in the league standings. The result also saw Charlotte improve to 7-5-5 (26 points), taking fourth in the league.
Lexington SC entered the match on the back of a 5-1 loss against Tormenta FC at home, the most lopsided loss in club history.
Both teams came out battling but it was the home side that found the net first when Dane Kelly got one past Amal Knight in the 11th minute.
The visitors would level the match in the 35th minute when Rayan Djedje picked up a yellow card in the box, sending Ates Diouf to the penalty spot. The Senegalese forward would send the ball into the net for his fourth goal of the season.
Entering the halftime break deadlocked, both teams looked to get back on top in the second half.
Diouf put up the first shot attempt of the half but it, and many others that followed it were shut down by both goalkeepers.
This would change in the 54th minute with Charlotte’s Tresor Mbuyu was assisted by Miguel Ibarra when he put the ball past Knight for what would ultimately be a game winner.
The boys in green had numerous big chances in the remainder of the contest, very nearly finding the back of the net on several occasions, but it was ultimately not meant to be as the full time whistle awarded the Independence three points.
Lexington SC controlled the possession in the match, holding the ball 52.4% of the time as well as winning in expected goals, seeing a 1.78 to 1.03 advantage.
Next up for Lexington SC the club will remain on the road on July 15 to face off against CV Fuego FC before returning home on July 22 to host Union Omaha for the first time in club history.
Fans can purchase tickets to the match through the link here.
About Lexington Sporting Club
Lexington Sporting Club is a U.S. Soccer professional soccer club competing in USL League One (U.S. Soccer third division men’s professional soccer), and in USL Super League (women’s professional soccer launching in 2024). The two professional teams are the pinnacle of the soccer ecosystem in Lexington that features more than 1,400 players within its youth and academy systems. Lexington SC in the process of building the club’s formal stadium, performance center and training fields.