The Pittsburgh Riverhounds will finish the month of August with three wins and one draw.
No losses for the team fighting hard for a playoff position in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
The Riverhounds finished off August with a 3-2 win over the Bethlehem Steel FC. The win was their third a row, after victories against the Harrisburg City Islanders and St. Louis FC.
Pittsburgh now sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Right above them in eighth place, also with 33 points like the Riverhounds, is the Steel FC.
Kevin Kerr lead the Riverhounds to the victory on Saturday night, at Highmark Stadium. The Scottish-born player had two assists and a goal in the 75′ minute. Kerr’s goal was the game-winning goal.
“I kind of expected it to bounce off the post,” Kerr said after the match. “I just gambled and some nights they drop for you. Tonight was a good night.”
Kerr also assisted the first goal of the match, in the 10′ minute from forward Corey Hertzog. Jamal Jack had the second goal of the match in the 19′ minute.
“All eyes were on the goal,” Jack said. “[My last goal] was a year ago in El Salvador. It’s been a long time.”
As for the Steel FC, two goals were scored by Cory Burke in the 42′ and 71′ minute. The first goal was on a penalty kick, while the second was assisted by Santi Moar.
As for misconduct, the Riverhounds had four yellow cards shown to Tobi Adewole (33′), Jack (44′), Hertzog (45′) and Chevaughn Walsh (45’+1′).
“We tried to tone it down, but you can’t go silent and go to sleep either,” head coach Dave Brandt said. “It was a tricky second half to handle.”
As for Brandt, he stuck with the same starting lineup from the last two matches, aside from the goalkeeper position (Matt Perrella is filling in the rest of the season for injured goalkeepers Keasel Broome and Trey Mitchell).
“I think the group that has started the past couple games is clicking well together,” said Brandt. “They need to remember how serious we need to be about defending, and that’s not meant to be any kind of a jab – it’s just critically important. I thought we were good in the offensive end tonight.”
“We’ve been playing for a little while now,” Kerr said. “Harrisburg was a massive step forward. Everything kind of clicked in Harrisburg. I feel like we finish games real strong.”
The Riverhounds will continue the push for points, and potentially a four-game winning streak. The Hounds will hit the road to face FC Cincinnati on Saturday at Nippert Stadium. The match is slated for a 4 p.m. kick off time.
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