Loudoun United and the Philadelphia Union II have played some interesting games in their short time together; in 2019 the sides traded six goals in a 3-3 draw in Loudoun’s first home game before Loudoun lost 5-2 in a late season matchup, and the teams’ first meeting this year while being a scoreless draw was the last game both teams played before the Covid-19 suspension of play. So when the teams played Saturday at Segra Field in front of 520, the 1-1 final could not have done the game justice.
Loudoun saw Ally Ng’Anzi make his first start with the team following a late appearance in last week’s 2-1 loss to Hartford. Adam Lundegard replaced Timmy Mehl in the lineup as Mehl received two yellow cards in the same game, and picked up an eighth-minute yellow for fouling Nathan Harriel. Moments later, the ensuing Philly free kick from Jack McGlynn found Anges Kader Bohui’s head, catching Simon Lefebvre in no man’s land for the early 1-0 lead.
Moments later, Lundegard fouled Harriel outside the Loudoun box in the 13th minute, earning a second yellow from referee Danielle Chesky and an ejection in the second straight game for Loudoun. Loudoun compensated for the sending off by introducing Diego Gomez-Ochoa in his pro debut for Ng’Anzi. The former LA Galaxy Academy product, a left-footed center back, took his place next to Shane Wiedt for the duration of the game. Late in the first half, a long ball by Ochoa found Kairou Amoustapha, whose right footed shot was initially saved by Matt Freese, but popped up to Amoustapha who volleyed in the shot for his third of the year and a 1-1 tie going into the half.
Both teams would continue to exchange chances in the second half, Lefebvre with a deflection of a Brandan Craig free kick in the 56th minute, and later with saves on Bohui and Axel Picazo less than ten minutes later. Loudoun continued their counters, with the most dangerous one a Peabo Doue cross to Alioune Ndour, who headed over the bar. Both teams would continue to shoot, combining for 48 total. Lefebvre’s work provided a minor historical note:
.@LoudounUnitedFC goalkeeper Simon Lefebvre tied a @USLChampionship single-game record with 13 saves in his side's 1-1 draw against the @PhilaUnionII tonight.— Nicholas Murray (@NJEMurray) September 13, 2020
Lefebvre is the fourth goalkeeper to reach that mark in the league's history. #LDNvPHI pic.twitter.com/wMTR8K70Pj
Loudoun (1-7-3) next play this same Union II team on September 16 at Segra Field.
USL Championship Group F - Game 11
Philadelphia Union II 1 (Kader Bohui 10)
Loudoun United FC 1 (Amoustapha 42)
Philly (4222): Matt Freese (C); Nathan Harriel, Dante Huckaby, Jamoi Toper (Selmir Miscic 68), Anthony Sorenson; Steve Kingue (Brandan Craig 45), Jack McGlynn (Jack Jasinki 58); Luis Flores (David Rabadan 59), Axel Picazo; Paxten Aaronson, Anges Kader Bohui (Caden Stafford 69)
Loudoun (4231): Simon Lefebvre; Alexxon Saravia, Adam Lundegard, Shane Wiedt, Tyler Gabarra (Peabo Doue 59); Nelson Martinez (Brandon Williamson 78), Ally Ng’Anzi (Diego Gomez-Ochoa 19); Michael Gamble (C), Christian Sorto (Ted Ku-DiPietro 59), Kairou Amoustapha; Alioune Ndour
Philly - Kingue 29
Loudoun - Lundegard 8, 13 (2nd), Gabarra 51, Ku-DiPietro 90+2, Gamble 90+4 (Red)