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Charlotte Independence 'not good enough' as slide continues
3-0 loss to Louisville continues Jacks' struggles
 
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018 10:24 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

MATTHEWS—Trouble in the attacking third continues for the Charlotte Independence.

Their six-match winless streak continued tonight with a 3-0 loss to Louisville (12-4-7), third in the USL East with 43 points.

“We had the one good chance when the game was 0-0, but we don’t get enough in the final third at the end of plays,” coach Mike Jeffries said. “The timing of runs and balls and so forth—we just aren’t dynamic. We keep pushing it, and trying to be better. We do as much as we can in front of goal training-wise and discussion-wise. It’s a group that has some creative players.”

Charlotte conceded a penalty in the 13th minute—striker Cameron Lancaster scored twice in the first half, and striker Luke Spencer tallied in the second.

“We were flat defensively,” Jeffries said. “We were on our heels early on. The second half we came out, we pressed and kind of got back into rhythm, but I think we need to be more aggressive in reading plays and taking risks, and to step in and win balls. We were too easy in the first half. We didn’t get close to guys. We reacted when they played, and that’s not good enough.”

The Jacks have not scored more than one goal in a game since June 27, and have been shut out three times. Eight players have produced a total of 30 goals, with striker Jorge Herrera (10) and midfielder Cordell Cato (eight) accounting for 18 of them. Neither played against Louisville.

“We’ve been dependent on a couple guys for the bulk of the scoring,” Jeffries said. “That makes it tough. We definitely need some other guys to make plays, set up goals and take goals as well.”

Charlotte, 11th in the East with 29 points (7-10-8) is six points behind Ottawa in the eighth and final playoff spot. They have 10 league matches remaining, culminating with the regular season finale on Oct. 13 against North Carolina F.C. in Matthews.

“The only thing you can do is show up tomorrow, and give 100 percent,” goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra said.

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