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Poised offensive attack aiding Hounds

By James Leo, 08/08/20, 10:45AM EDT

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It’s no secret Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has excelled at putting the ball in the back of the net this season. The club is tied with Phoenix Rising FC for the most goals scored with 14. What may be more unknown is how balanced their attack is.

Five different players have assisted on goals this season, and 10 different players have scored goals this season. Steevan Dos Santos leads the club in goals with four, and Kenardo Forbes leads the team in assists with seven.

The Hounds have assisted on 13 of their 14 goals this season, only breaking the streak in their last matchup against Philadelphia Union II.

“I think it’s a good sign that guys are identifying guys in danger spots,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “I think guys are freeing themselves in the box. It’s always nice to give credit, and I’m happy to see it, even though I’d like to see some more unassisted goals. Some goals are good goals even if nobody is credited with an assist."

For Lilley, this offensive success comes from patience and good decision making.

“Sometimes we lose balls trying to force things," Lilley said. "We have to be able to hang on to the ball and make prudent choices. If you think back to the first Philly game, we were able to create very good chances when they were scrambling back into position. They know when they’re at their best, and as coaches we know what the expectation and the game plan is."

The Hounds will face a familiar foe this Saturday, when they host New York Red Bulls II at 7 p.m. They lost a close match to New York earlier this season and are looking to maintain their offensive attack to notch their second straight win.

“We need to score more goals to win the game,” defender Ryan James said. “Going into the game, there are some small details that we need to correct from last time. If we fix some of those small details and come together as a group, we can win on Saturday.”