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The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have closed the book on their 2017 season.
Corey Hertzog scored the Riverhounds lone goal in their 1-1 draw with the Ottawa Fury on Saturday night.
In front of the home crowd at Highmark Stadium, Hertzog knocked his 77′ minute penalty kick past Fury goalkeeper Callum Irving.
“I just want to score goals, but for the most part I want to make playoffs,” Hertzog said. “I’d give up goals to make playoffs. So hopefully next year it’s a little different.”
Hertzog’s goal ended a two-game scoring drought.
“We want to play an attacking style, and I think most of the year we did,” head coach Dave Brandt said. “For as many goals we scored, as many goals Corey has scored, numerous chances missed and close calls and obviously everybody’s doing their best. Obviously good to get a goal tonight.”
Ottawa hit the scoreboard first in the 9′ minute as Nick DePuy scored past Matt Perrella. The goal was assisted by Carl Haworth.
The Riverhounds also collected the only two yellow cards of the match, going to Hertzog and Gale Agbossoumonde.
In goal, Perrella made seven saves, denying DePuy, Haworth, Gerardo Bruna and Sito Seoane.
“We’ve been real close in a lot of games,” Perrella said. “For me personally, it’s just been about being consistent. Getting a little bit better, trying to get a save or two every game that maybe I shouldn’t. That keeps us in the game, that keeps us fired up.”
After the match, Brandt lamented that he learned “267 things that I did not know” in his first full year of coaching.
“I think that’ll benefit me and benefit us in very real ways,” Brandt said.
The Riverhounds season is officially over after missing the 2017 USL Playoffs. Now, players will return home to relax. Hertzog explained his plans for the offseason before returning to Pittsburgh.
“Just going to Florida,” Hertzog said. “Just relaxing. My girlfriend and daughter just flew down today. Just first two, three weeks, just relax. Watch football on Sundays and not have to worry about training on Mondays, so it’ll be good.”
The Riverhounds finished the season with an 8-12-12 record.
“It was really important that we fought tonight and stayed in it,” Brandt said. “It got in our spirit and that sort of thing.”
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