ROCHESTER (June 25, 2016) – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-8-3) lost their fourth match in five games after falling to the Rochester Rhinos (6-4-3), 2-1, at Rhino Stadium.
Rochester wasted no time in getting on the board as Kenardo Forbes sent a corner kick into the box in the eighth minute. The ball found an open Joseph Farrell whose header caught Hunter Gilstrap leaning on his back foot and the ball sailed into the back of the net.
The half would see a lot of play going back and forth with interceptions in the midfield by the Hounds. However, most of the dangerous attacking play came for the side from Rochester as Steevan dos Santos worked Gilstrap late to almost double Rochester’s lead.
Pittsburgh did manage to break the hold as Kevin Kerr sent a brilliant free kick into the box, which deflected from the head of Conor Branson to a diving Corey Hertzog, which leveled the score line going into the half.
The day belonged to the Rhinos, however, when Steevan dos Santos controlled the ball inside the Hounds’ penalty area and found the Rochester captain, Michael Garzi, who fired home his first goal of the season in the sixtieth minute of play.
The Hounds almost leveled the match on yet another Kerr free kick, but was waived off due to a nasty collision between the Rhinos’ keeper Adam Grinwis and the Hounds’ Willie Hunt and James Bissue.
Pittsburgh looks to make some fireworks against the Harrisburg City Islanders (4-11-1) on Monday, July 4. Kick off is set for 7:00 p.m. at Highmark Stadium.
Riverhounds – Hunter Gilstrap – Willie Hunt, Karsten Smith, Conor Branson ((Drew Russell 45’) Stephen Okai 75’), Marshall Hollingsworth (Jordan Murrell 63’) – Mike Green, Kevin Kerr (c), Danny Earls, Lebo Moloto (James Bissue 65’) – Zak Boggs (Duwayne Ewart 65’), Corey Hertzog
Subs not used: Mauricio Vargas, Nick Thompson
Rochester Rhinos – Adam Grinwis – Wal Fall, Vasileios Apostolopoulos, Joseph Farrell, Ryan Lee James – Marcos Ugarte (Asani Samuels 88’), Sean Totsch (Sofiane Tergou 58’), Michael Garzi (c), Kenardo Forbes – Christian Volesky (Bradley Kamdem Fewo 77’), Steevan dos Santos
Subs not used: Tomas Gomez, Jordan Becker, Michel Guilavogui, Brandon Beresford
ROC – Joseph Farrell 8’ (Kenardo Forbes)
PGH – Corey Hertzog 45’ (Conor Branson)
ROC – Michael Garzi 60’ (Steevan dos Santos)