LOUISVILLE, Ken. — The Long Island Rough Riders met their match in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Wednesday night as Louisville City FC rolled to a 5-0 second-round victory at Lynn Stadium.
The Riders, who bested Kingston Stockade FC in a wild opening-round match last week, 6-3, dug a deep hole for themselves. They found themselves facing a 2-0 deficit entering the second half.
Kyle Smith lifted the hosts to a 1-0 lead as he converted an Ilija Ilic pass in the 25th minute.
Ilic turned goal-scorer in the 37th minute as he headed one home for a two-goal advantage for the United Soccer League club.
Long Island could not stage a second-half comeback as the hosts tallied three times.
Luke Spencer made it 3-0 in the 68th minute, Brian Ownby added a fourth goal in the 81st minute and Cameron Lancaster put an exclamation point on the game with a free kick goal in the 86th minute. against the Premier Development League side.
Louisville City FC will welcome Saint Louis FC at Lynn Stadium in the third round next Wednesday.