Riverhounds fall to Steel FC, 3-2

Posted on Sep 25 2017 - 3:18pm by Rachael McKriger
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Photo courtesy of the Bethlehem Steel FC.

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have one more road match to go this season.

However, all matches are important right now. The race for playoff slots in the USL’s Eastern Conference is tight.

Losing three points against an in-state rival doesn’t help.

The Riverhounds now sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with 35 points. The last playoff spot is taken up by the Bethlehem Steel FC, who have earned 38 points.

The Steel claimed a 3-2 win over the Riverhounds on Saturday afternoon.

Adam Najem put up the opening goal in the 5′ minute. Only three minutes later, teammate Cory Burke followed up with his first goal. Burke scored again in the 37′ minute.

The Riverhounds got on the board in the 40′ minute. Corey Hertzog put his penalty kick past Steel FC goalkeeper Jake McGuire.

In the second half, Hertzog scored in the 64′ minute, this time assisted by Chevaughn Walsh.

Riverhounds Head Coach Dave Brandt made the decision to change his lineup in a rare move. Brandt started Kay Banjo over Walsh and Shannon Gomez over Ritchie Duffie.

Both sides were shown two yellow cards in the match. For the Riverhounds, Jamal Jack and Stephen Okai were recipients while the Steel FC’s recipients were Auston Trusty and Santi Moar.

In goal, Matt Perrella of the Riverhounds made one save to deny James Chambers.

McGuire of the Steel FC made two saves, denying Okai and Walsh.

The Riverhounds will hit the road again to face the New York Red Bulls II at Pittser Field on Saturday.

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