(June 11, 2022) — Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC never got things in gear, and the team was beaten soundly on the road by the Charleston Battery, 3-0, tonight at Patriots Point Soccer Complex in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Augustine Williams, Andrew Booth and Romario Piggott scored in the first half for the Battery (2-9-2), who won for the first time since March 12 and beat the Hounds (7-4-3) for the first time since July 21, 2018.
The Hounds did little with 54 percent of the possession. Total shots finished tied 12-12, but the Hounds put only one of their 12 shots on net.
Things were bad from the start for the Hounds, as Kenardo Forbes was forced into a turnover into his own half in the second minute. The ball went straight to the feet of Williams, and Charleston’s leading scorer had time to turn, shoot and score from 20 yards away. It was the quickest goal allowed by the Hounds since giving up an opening-minute goal on June 6, 2021 to Austin’s Collin Fernandez.
The Hounds didn’t threaten the Battery goal apart from a Dane Kelly counter-attacking shot that went over the bar, and in the 38th minute, the lead was doubled when Booth headed in a corner kick at the near post.
Things got worse in first-half stoppage time, as a low pass slipped under the legs of defender Arturo Ordóñez and allowed Piggott to get behind the defense to make the lead 3-0.
Coach Bob Lilley made wholesale changes at the break, introducing Angelo Kelly, William Eyang and Albert Dikwa — making his 100th USL Championship appearance — and the trio succeeded in bringing more energy, though not more attacking efficiency.
Angelo Kelly picked out Forbes with a good pass to the left wing, and the Hounds’ captain beat his defender in the box, only to have his shot kicked away by Battery goalkeeper Hugo Fauroux in the 60th minute.
The Hounds continued to press forward for a goal, and Ordóñez came closest twice from corner kicks — once heading the ball down and watching it bounce over the bar, and shortly after hitting the crossbar.
In the end, the Hounds could not find the net and suffered their most lopsided defeat since the 2021 season opener, a 3-0 loss at Tampa Bay.
Hounds Man of the Match
Angelo Kelly at least snapped the Hounds out of their first-half listlessness with some energy in his return to Charleston, where he played the past four seasons. He was the team leader with three tackles won and one off the team lead by claiming possession seven times, all in just 45 minutes.
The Hounds still need to solve their road woes, as they go on the road next Saturday for their first-ever meeting with the Rio Grande Valley Toros (6-8-0) in Edinburg, Texas. That game will be an 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time kickoff.
Riverhounds SC lineup (5-2-3) — Jahmali Waite; Nate Dossantos, Jelani Peters, Arturo Ordóñez, Shane Wiedt, Dani Rovira (Angelo Kelly 46’); Danny Griffin, Kenardo Forbes (Toby Sims 74’); Russell Cicerone (Marc Ybarra 74’), Dane Kelly (William Eyang 46’), Luis Argudo (Albert Dikwa 46’)
Charleston Battery lineup (4-2-3-1) — Hugo Fauroux; Matt Sheldon, Preston Kilwien, Leland Archer, Brett St. Martin; Joseph Schmidt, Andrew Booth (Dominic Oduro 89’); Kyle Holcomb (Emmanuel Johnson 20’), Romario Piggott (Dionysius Harmon 66’), Mauro Cichero (Aidan Apodaca 66’); Augustine Williams (Geobel Pérez 89’)
CHS — Augustine Williams 2’
CHS — Andrew Booth 38’ (Romario Piggott)
CHS — Romario Piggott 45+3’
PIT — Danny Griffin 32’ (caution – unsporting behavior)
PIT — Jelani Peters 36’ (caution – unsporting behavior)
CHS — Mauro Cichero 42’ (caution – unsporting behavior)