Looking back at 2017, Inside The Box conducts its first-ever best-of season recap series. In the fourth installment of this five-part feature, we reflect on the Riverhounds’ best saves. Which save was your favorite? Cast your vote below.
Keasel Broome: June 22 vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Pittsburgh held a 2-0 lead, but Tampa Bay made a furious rally attempt in extra time only to be stonewalled by Keasel Broome. The Rowdies sent a shot on target from atop the 18-yard box, and Broome made a leaping stop. The ball caromed in front of the net and the goalkeeper faced two additional point-blank attempts from the Rowdies, blocking them both away and preserving the 2-0 shutout.
Keasel Broome: July 15 at Bethlehem Steel FC
Broome had only a split-second to react to a shot from within the penalty area. James Chambers of Steel FC released an uncontested shot on goal, and Broome jumped and dove to his right to block the ball away from the net.
Trey Mitchell: Aug. 19 at Saint Louis FC
With the score deadlocked at 1-1, Trey Mitchell stood alone on the goal line awaiting a penalty try from Milan Petosevic. Sending a left-footed shot at the left side of the goal, Petosevic’s chance was denied when Mitchell made a spectacular diving save, which aided the Hounds in their eventual 2-1 victory.
Matt Perrella: Aug. 30 at New York Red Bulls II
Putting the ball on a rope, Dan Metzger ticketed a shot to the upper-most portion of the Pittsburgh goal. Being more than prepared, Matt Perrella soared to his left and threw up his right hand to send the shot away from danger.
Matt Perrella: Oct. 7 vs. Rochester Rhinos
With striker Jochen Graf bearing down on him, Perrella braced himself and blocked a header away to his left. The Pittsburgh goalkeeper was not finished, as Graf collected the rebound and sent another shot on target. Perrella again recorded a save, rising to his feet in the nick of time to clear away yet another dangerous ball.
Stay tuned for the final installment of Inside The Box’s best-of 2017 series on Friday, as we take a look at the best moments of this season.