The Pittsburgh Riverhounds have won their second match in a row at Highmark Stadium, defeating Toronto FC II 1-0.
The win came off the boot of Victor Souto, who scored the lone, and game-winning, goal in the 22′ minute.
“I was just lucky to hit it,” Souto said. “It hit the back of the net. The most important thing is that we got the win, back-to-back, that’s the most important thing.”
Souto, the Cleveland Brothers Man of the Match, scored the goal off a rocket shot, that went in the top right post. The goal was the first of Souto’s professional – and Riverhounds – career.
“My whole family is back in Brazil. For me, every performance I have is for them. They cannot be here to watch me play, and I know they were watching online.”
A defensive midfielder, Souto talked about his decision to shoot the ball instead of finding forwards, like Corey Hertzog or Kevin Kerr.
“For me my main job is to go back and pass to the guys in front of me,” Souto said. “Today, I just felt something different and I was going to hit this one. I was lucky to just score the goal.”
Earning his second straight start in goal was Trey Mitchell, who preserved another clean sheet win. For the Riverhounds, that’s their first back-to-back clean sheets since August 2015. Mitchell credits the success to his backline.
“I think the communication’s got a lot better,” Mitchell said. “I think in the beginning, a little bit of a rotation, made it a little difficult at times, but I don’t think that was the biggest thing that was going on for us. I think Jamal [Jack] and Joe [Greenspan] are on the same page now. I’m on the same page with them.”
The Riverhounds also made a change on defense. Against the Harrisburg City Islanders, defender Rich Balchan suffered a season-ending injury. Filling in his role was Ritchie Duffie, a fellow rookie. Also in defender news, the Riverhounds have extended the loan period for Greenspan for another month.
“Joe and I actually have the same agent we’re going to be sharing” Mitchell said. “When we got done with – I don’t remember what game it was – I was like ‘dude, let’s make sure he stays here as long as possible.’ He’s solid. He came into the locker room right away and was good in the locker room with all the guys.”
The match had no yellow or red cards distributed to either club. With the win, the Riverhounds now sit in the fourth slot in the USL’s Eastern Conference.
“We were just trying to make sure we got away with three [points],” said head coach Dave Brandt. “The number of times that the shoe has been on the other foot and we’ve played well and not come away with points certainty outweighs this situation.”
The Riverhounds will return to action on May 13 against the Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place Stadium. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.
First career pro goal ✔️
— PGH Riverhounds (@PghRiverhounds) May 3, 2017
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