HOUNDS DEFEAT DAYTON 2-0
Pittsburgh, PA-On a cold and rainy night at Chartiers Valley Stadium, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-1-0) convert a goal in each half to defeat the Dayton Dutch Lions (0-1-1) by a score of 2-0. Seth C’deBaca records the game-winning goal in the 17th minute of play, while Agustin “Tino” Nunez adds an insurance goal in the 81st minute.
Battling the wet surface and the cold weather, the Riverhounds and Dutch Lions were trying to get a grasp on how the ball would react to the field conditions. The first ten minutes of the game had a frantic pace as the ball was extremely live to the touch creating a pinball like atmosphere on the pitch.
The Riverhounds would jump on top of the Dutch Lions when C’deBaca would confidently head a brilliant service from Stefan Lundberg into the side netting. Winning a tackle near midfield, Rich Costanzo would find Lundberg streaking down the right flank. Lundberg cut back inside of his marker to deliver a cross towards the penalty stripe. Standing all alone inside the Dutch Lions penalty area, C’deBaca redirected the cross just inside the near post to put the Riverhounds on the scoreboard.
Continuing to attack the Dutch Lions defense throughout the first half, the Riverhounds would receive quality opportunities to break the game wide open, but the Dutch Lions goalkeeper Matt Williams was up for the challenge and denied the Riverhounds of a second goal.
The Dutch Lions came out of the intermission with more pressure on the Riverhounds back line and nearly equalized in the 50th minute. A dangerous back-post service from Michael McNamara found the head of target forward Gerrit-Jan Bartels. Leaping above his marker, Bartels turned the cross towards the Riverhounds goal, but his header went just wide of the back post and out for a goal kick.
The Riverhounds would add to their lead in the 81st minute when Nunez showed a touch of class on his first goal of the 2012 season. Picking off a pass at the edge of the middle third, Nikola Katic found Nunez behind the Dutch Lions defense. Slashing down the left side of the field, Nunez would waste little time to add the insurance goal. Katic’s pass encouraged Williams to be indecisive on coming off his line and close down Nunez. Seeing that Williams was caught in the middle, Nunez softly lifted a left-footed shot over Williams to find the back of the empty net.
The Riverhounds return to action next weekend for a two game road trip in the Carolinas. The Riverhounds will square off with the Charleston Battery (2-1-0) on Friday night at Blackbaud Stadium. Following the game against the Battery, the Riverhounds will travel overnight to match up with the Wilmington Hammerheads (0-1-0) on Saturday night at Legion Stadium. Both games are slated for a 7:30 PM kickoff.
The Dutch Lions will open their home season next Saturday night against the Rochester Rhinos (2-0-0). The Dutch Lions will kickoff against the Rhinos at 7:30 PM in Careflight Field in Dayton.