Riverhounds fall on the road to Rowdies

Posted on Jul 30 2017 - 1:52pm by Rachael McKriger
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Photo of Alex Morrell and Romeo Parkes courtesy of Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies.

A four-game unbeaten streak followed the Pittsburgh Riverhounds down to Al Lang Stadium on Saturday.

There, the Tampa Bay Rowdies hosted the Riverhounds – who have drawn in their last four matches. Three of the four draws occurred on the road.

The Riverhounds featured in their third match in the span of eight days on Saturday. At Al Lang Stadium, the Hounds fell victim to Alex Morrell and Rowdies, and dropped the contest with a final of 2-0.

Morrell scored both goals for the Rowdies, which totaled his first two professional goals. The first goal occurred in the 11′ minute, and was unassisted. Meanwhile, the second goal, in the 76′ minute, was assisted by Marcel Schäfer.

“I’ve been working on that all week in practice,” Morrell said. “I got like 10 or 15 balls every other day just working on that back post volley. I knew as soon as I saw that it went over (the defender’s) head that I was going to volley it.”

“This one’s going to build his confidence even more,” Rowdies head coach Stuart Campbell said. “He’s gotten better and better game by game.”

The Riverhounds had opportunities, with five shots on target. However, Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens made stops against Stephen Okai, Romeo Parkes and Chevaughn Walsh.

On the other end of the pitch, Trey Mitchell started in goal for Dave Brandt’s Riverhounds. Mitchell made two saves, denying Schäfer.

As for misconduct in the match, the Riverhounds had two yellow cards shown to Gale Agbossoumonde (44′) and Tobi Adewole (75′). The Rowdies had three yellow cards given out to Tamika Mkandawire (3′), Kyle Porter (67′) and Pickens (75′).

Due to yellow card accumulation on the season, Mkandawire will miss Tampa’s next match against the Harrisburg City Islanders at Al Lang Stadium.

“Obviously we spoke about how well we’ve done defensively,” Campbell said. “The way we’re playing at the minute, we’re creating chances and its just up to us to convert them or not.”

Now, the Riverhounds will return home to host the Richmond Kickers on Saturday. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

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