Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (2-1-5) started the scoring early in its 2-2 draw against the Charleston Battery (4-1-3) on Saturday at MUSC Health Stadium. Leading the outburst in the game’s first 12 minutes, midfielders Kevin Kerr and Kenardo Forbes showcased their shooting touch. Here’s how the Hounds jumped on the scoresheet early this weekend.
5’ Kevin Kerr assisted by Kenardo Forbes
Having the ball land at his feet, defender Joe Greenspan quickly booted the sphere back on Charleston’s side of the pitch.
This sudden change in direction started a fast-break opportunity for the Hounds. Forbes, leading the break, is joined by Kerr, Christian Volesky and Anthony Velarde to create a 4-on-2 situation.
Seeing Kerr (green arrow) to his left, Forbes (yellow arrow) sends a through-ball his way. The midfielder, already behind defender Kyle Nelson (red arrow), takes a touch before belting a shot past Battery goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky to put the Hounds up 1-0.
12’ Kenardo Forbes assisted by Ryan James
As soon as the ball touched Ryan James’ cleat, Forbes made his move.
Seen above, the veteran midfielder makes a beeline across and up the field. Seeing this, James (yellow arrow) sends a ball and leads Forbes (green arrow) into the penalty box. Giving Forbes more room to make his run, Nelson (red arrow) moves up the field to close in on Kerr.
Once the ball is in the air, it becomes too late for Nelson to recover. Forbes than slips behind to boot a shot into the net, giving Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead at the time.
Tale of the Tape
From the first half to the second half, things shifted. Pittsburgh outshot Charleston, 5-1, in the first stanza and put more shots on target, 2-0. However, the Battery flipped this in the second period, outshooting the Hounds, 7-2, and placing four shots on goal to the Black and Gold’s zero.
These numbers translated onto the scoresheet, as Pittsburgh notched two first half goals whereas the Battery scored both of their tallies in the second half.