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Rowdies’ unbeaten streak ends at 13 games

A 1-0 loss to Louisville City also moves them down to third in the Eastern Conference.
Rowdies coach Neill Collins, seen here during a game in June, says his team's performance against Louisville City on Saturday night was disappointing. "I don’t think the team did themselves justice," he says.
Rowdies coach Neill Collins, seen here during a game in June, says his team's performance against Louisville City on Saturday night was disappointing. "I don’t think the team did themselves justice," he says. [ SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times ]
Published Aug. 14

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Rowdies saw their unbeaten run end at 13 matches Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Eastern Conference-leading Louisville City.

“We can live with a defeat, especially away to Louisville,” coach Neill Collins said. “That’s always a tough place to come. But it’s more the performance that really disappoints me. I don’t think the team did themselves justice.”

The Rowdies (14-4-6), whose unbeaten streak had tied the team record, moved down to third in the conference standings in the USL Championship, sitting even at 48 points with Memphis 901 but behind based on a tiebreak. Louisville moved four points ahead of the Rowdies in first place.

Wilson Harris scored the only goal in the 63rd minute in front of a Louisville City team-record crowd of 14,673 at Lynn Family Stadium.

A mishap at the back opened a window for Louisville.

Rowdies center back Aaron Guillen threw the ball in back toward Tampa Bay’s box for teammate Conner Antley, who was immediately put under pressure by Harris. Harris was able to win the ball at the top of the box and fire a shot into the back of the net just a couple of minutes after he entered the match.

The Rowdies had their chances to score, but none of their eight shots were put on goal.

“I honestly think on both sides of the ball we weren’t anywhere near the levels we’ve set,” said Collins. “We got into two or three great opportunities that we should have taken and done better. When we look at it, we’ll say both sides of the ball … were below par. We could have taken our opportunities when they arose, but we didn’t manage to.

“I think we learned a little bit about ourselves, maybe a lot about ourselves. I’m sure some individuals will learn a lot about themselves. These are the games that you do learn a lot. Ideally you want to win, but sometimes the losses, as tough as they are, sometimes they make you better. We need to make sure this one makes us better.”

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