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Best of 2019: Saves

By David Borne, 11/11/19, 10:00AM EST


This week, we take a look back at the best of the 2019 season. Today, we reflect on some of the best saves our goalkeepers made this campaign.

Ben Lundgaard – March 23 at Swope Park Rangers (30’)

Ben Lundgaard put on a show in Riverhounds SC's second match of the season. 17-year-old midfielder Gianluca Busio blasted an effort from just outside the penalty area toward the far post. Lundgaard dove to his right and got a hand on the shot to keep Swope Park off of the scoreboard.

Lundgaard would go on to record three saves in his professional debut.

Austin Pack – June 1 at Indy Eleven (65’)

A deflection off of a long chance gave Indy Eleven's Karl Ouimette a one-on-one showdown with Austin Pack. Pack charged off of his mark toward Ouimette and stoned the Eleven defender's opportunity to keep his club on top 1-0 at the time.

Pack wrapped up the night with two saves.

Kyle Morton – Sept. 21 at Nashville SC (86’)

Playing a man down late in the game against Nashville SC, Kyle Morton perfectly read a corner kick opportunity from Nashville's Jimmy Ockford. Unmarked in the center of the penalty box, Ockford placed a header on net, but Morton denied the chance to preserve the clean sheet and point while on the road.

Nashville peppered Morton with shots throughout the night, but the goalkeeper remained unfazed. Morton notched four saves in total, with three of the coming in the game's final 10 minutes.

Kyle Morton – Sept. 28 vs. Indy Eleven (25’)

In a matchup between two top-five teams battling for playoff positioning, Morton came up big. Indy forward Dane Kelly crashed the cage and sent a header toward the near post. Morton slid over and made the save to keep the Hounds' 1-0 advantage. 

The Black and Gold would go on to win 3-0, recording their club-record seventh straight clean sheet.

Kyle Morton – Nov. 2 vs. Louisville City FC (94’)

With time ticking down in regulation of the Eastern Conference Semifinal matchup, Louisville's Brian Ownby had a chance to break open the 1-1 tie. From the right side of the penalty box, Ownby let loose a right-footed blast. Morton came far off his mark and came up with a sliding save in extra time.