The Pittsburgh Riverhounds got their first taste of what league competition could look like for their 2017 season on Monday.
The team traveled up to New York to face the Rochester Rhinos, and the Rhinos didn’t give the Riverhounds the warmest of welcomes. The Rhinos crushed the Riverhounds 5-1 in a preseason match between the two out-of-state rivals.
The Rhinos started their goal scoring frenzy in the 32′ minute with a goal from Rayane Boukemia. Jochen Graf gave the Rhinos a positive start to the second half by scoring in the 52′ minute. The Riverhounds were then finally able to score, with Nick Thompson scoring on a free kick header in the 61′ minute.
The Rhinos weren’t done yet, though. Brandon Beresford scored in the 93′ minute, and was followed a minute later by Kamdem Fewo’s goal in the 94′ minute. Another goal was added by Kenardo Forbes. However, the time for Forbes’ goal was not listed.
The Riverhounds had their goals scored against go past goalkeeper Keasel Broome, who is in an open goalkeeper competition with Trey Mitchell.
The Riverhounds also had a trialist start the game with Gale Agbossoumonde starting alongside Jamal Jack in the centerback position. Also starting on defense was midfielder Jack Thompson.
The Riverhounds, now 3-1-2 in preseason action, will face Duquesne University in their last preseason match on March 19. The match begins at 1:30 p.m., but fans are encouraged to arrive early for the FanFest activities.
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