LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fifth-seeded Red Bull II dug itself a two-goal hole in the opening half against No. 2 Louisville City FC and it was too deep to climb out of as it was eliminated from the USL Playoffs via a 5-1 drubbing at Slugger Field Friday night.
After NYRB II pulled within 2-1 on Tom Barlow’s goal on the hour, rhe hosts broke own the game with three goals within an eight-minute span late in the Eastern Conference semifinal match.
Devon Williams led Louisville with two goals and Brian Ownby added a goal and two assists against goalkeeper Evan Louro.
Ilija Ilic converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute and Luke Spencer, off an Ownby assist, doubled the lead nine minutes later.
Tom Barlow connected in the 60th minute for New York before Louisville rolled to victory.
This was the first time NYRB II lost in regulation in the playoffs since 2015, against the Rochester Rhinos.
Head Coach John Wolyniec dropped to 9-2-1 all time in his playoff coaching career with NYRB II.