The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have found their second win of the season, and their first win under head coach Dave Brandt.
The team, who were close to getting to a five-game losing streak, managed to break the streak with their 2-1 win over FC Montreal at Highmark Stadium on Saturday night.
The Riverhounds, who finally got Marshall Hollingsworth back from a concussion, kicked off the scoring, but not before having a scare early on in the match. FC Montreal got all cylinders going and almost put one past goalkeeper Mauricio Vargas. However, Vargas dove to his left and saved the potential goal.
Then it was the Riverhounds’ turn to get things going. Jack Thompson put a through-ball to captain Kevin Kerr who put it behind FC Montreal goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau. The goal was Kerr’s first goal of the season.
“That’s about the easiest goal I’ll score all year,” said Kerr, who was all smiles after the match.
Kerr’s goal didn’t put the Riverhounds in the lead for long. Anthony Jackson-Hamel got the equalizer for FC Montreal in the 26′ minute, scoring on a header by beat defender Karsten Smith in the air. However, the match wasn’t tied for long, as Corey Hertzog nabbed his fourth goal of the season in the 27′ minute, which leads the Riverhounds in goals on the season. Hertzog’s goal was assisted by Kerr.
The Riverhounds had two yellow cards in the match given to Lebo Moloto in the 55′ minute, followed by Nick Thompson in the 72′ minute. Thompson, who made his debut for the Riverhounds after signing two days before the match, came into the match in the 70′ minute for Zak Boggs. FC Montreal had one yellow card given to Jeremy Gagnon in the 78′ minute.
As for saves in goal, Vargas didn’t have a busy night, making two saves, one in each half. Crepeau made four saves for FC Montreal, which had three of them coming in the second half.
The Riverhounds will travel to Rochester to face the Rochester Rhinos on June 25. The two teams met already this season, in the season opener back in April, which had the Rhinos winning 0-1. The match will begin at 6 p.m. EDT.