CHARLESTON, S.C. (May 4, 2019) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (2-1-5) tied the Charleston Battery (4-1-3), 2-2, on Saturday at MUSC Health Stadium.
The Hounds began the scoring early in the match with goals from both Kevin Kerr and Kenardo Forbes in the first 12 minutes of action. However, the Battery tied it up with second half goals from Zeiko Lewis (a penalty kick) and Nicque Daley.
“I think it’s a game we’re going to regret right now, but we need to move forward,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “It’s typically a good result in Charleston. I thought we battled well. I thought we were ready to play. I thought we executed the game plan really well. In the second half, we lost our way a bit and they had the momentum when they got the penalty.”
The Hounds started the scoring early at MUSC Health Stadium.
Fielding an up-field pass from Joe Greenspan, Forbes sprinted up the center of the pitch before differing to Kerr, who ran to his left side. Kerr then belted a shot past Charleston goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky to give the Hounds an early 1-0 lead in the 5th minute.
Seven minutes later, Forbes was the one who found the back of the net. The midfielder, standing just inside of the penalty box, flicked his right foot in the air to bat a ball from Ryan James into the net.
Pittsburgh held Charleston to one shot in the first half.
The script flipped in the second half.
Being awarded a penalty kick, the Battery turned to Lewis, who ultimately beat goalkeeper Kyle Morton to the bottom right-hand corner to draw within one goal in the 76th minute.
Five minutes later, Lewis assisted the equalizer, which came off the right foot of Daley. The shot beat Morton to the top right-hand corner.
Morton, who made two saves over the course of the match, came up big for the Hounds in the 88th minute, when he blocked away a dangerous shot on target by Lewis.
Hound of the Match
Kenardo Forbes was all over the scoresheet, posting both a goal and an assist. The midfielder also led the club with two key passes.
Stat of the Game
With his goal, Kevin Kerr tied Corey Hertzog for the third-most league goals (27) in club history.
Riverhounds SC will enter a bye week, not playing again until the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, May 14. Depending on the winner of the first round match between Erie Commodores FC and Dayton Dutch Lions, the squad will either travel to Erie or stay home at Highmark Stadium to battle Dayton.
Riverhounds SC – Kyle Morton – Ryan James, Tobi Adewole, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Joe Greenspan, Jordan Dover – Kevin Kerr, Kenardo Forbes, Sammy Kahsai (Uchenna Uzo 70’), Anthony Velarde (Neco Brett 80’) – Christian Volesky (Steevan Dos Santos 79’)
Subs not used: Austin Pack, Noah Franke, Dani Rovira
Charleston Battery – Joe Kuzminsky – O’Brian Woodbine, Taylor Mueller, Kyle Nelson (Angelo Kelly-Rosales 67’) – Jarad van Schaik (Dante Marini 77’), Vincenzo Candela, Tah Anunga, Nicholas Rittmeyer – Zeiko Lewis, Arthur Bosua, Romario Piggott (Nicque Daley 64’)
Subs not used: Robert Beebe, Phil Breno, Kierron Mason, A.J. Paterson
PIT – Kevin Kerr 5’ (Kenardo Forbes)
PIT – Kenardo Forbes 12’ (Ryan James)
CHS – Zeiko Lewis 76’ (penalty)
CHS – Nicque Daley 81’ (Zeiko Lewis)
CHS – Tah Anunga 14’ (caution)
PIT – Joe Greenspan 20’ (caution)
CHS – O’Brian Woodbine 44’ (caution)
CHS – Jarad van Schaik 45’ (caution)
CHS – Romario Piggott 45’+1 (caution)
CHS – Arthur Bosua 79’ (caution)