The Pittsburgh Riverhounds were six minutes away from sealing away three points against the No. 1 team in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
However, the team let one slip by them in the 84′ minute, when Charleston Battery midfielder Maikel Chang scored the equalizing goal to split the points. Chang beat defender Shannon Gomez, and then blasted his shot past goalkeeper Keasel Broome.
The draw is the fourth-straight for the Riverhounds.
Charleston got on the board first in the match, with Miles Robinson – who was drafted by MLS club Atlanta United this past year with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft – scoring off a Justin Portillo assist in the 11′ minute.
Victor Souto didn’t let the Battery have the lead for long. Souto netted his second tally of the season. The goal was assisted by Romeo Parkes on a corner kick, and occurred in the 21′ minute.
The Riverhounds took the lead in the 62′ minute, with Corey Hertzog scoring off a Parkes assist. Hertzog ran over to his bench for a simple celebration before putting the ball back in play.
“I just saw they weren’t set, so I figured just get it in play,” Hertzog said. “At first I thought of crossing, but then where I was and I looked up to see where the keeper was – I was hoping it was going back post. It was a good heads-up play by me and Romeo.”
“It’s always good to get a goal, but I feel like we could’ve gotten three points,” Hertzog continued.
It’s the first time that Hertzog has scored in seven games. It’s also Hertzog’s seventh goal in his 50th appearance for the Riverhounds.
“For Corey to get a goal, I think great for him, great for us. I think we penetrated well tonight. That’s important to us,” head coach Dave Brandt said.
The Riverhounds had a positive in the sense that no player received a yellow or red card. Instead, Charleston picked up two yellow cards, shown to Taylor Mueller (56′) and Skylar Thomas (90’+).
The Riverhounds made a few lineup changes from their match on Saturday. In goal, Broome replaced Trey Mitchell, who is still recovering from a shoulder injury.
The defense remained the same, with Gomez and Taylor Washington on the flanks and Jamal Jack and Tobi Adewole at centerback. The midfield also remained the same, with Kevin Kerr, Parkes, Souto and Stephan Okai featuring for the second-straight match.
Up top, Hertzog paired up with Chevaughn Walsh. In Saturday’s draw against Rochester, Kay Banjo started with Walsh. Banjo did enter the match – for Walsh – in the 82′ minute.
The Riverhounds will quickly return to action, on the road, heading down south to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday. The two faced off last month, on June 22, which ended in a 2-0 win at home.
Saturday’s match is slated to have a 7:30 p.m. kick off time.
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