After blanking Harrisburg, 3-0, to take the 2017 Keystone Derby Cup, the Riverhounds (6-8-9) will stay on the road and clash with Saint Louis FC (7-9-5) at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday at World Wide Technology Soccer Park. In their previous meeting this year, Saint Louis defeated the Hounds in a close game at Highmark Stadium, 2-1.
Grabbing three points this past weekend at Harrisburg, the Hounds are now one point out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (as of Aug. 15). The postseason hunt remains a crowded one, as seeds No. 8 through No. 12 rest within two points of each other. Pittsburgh, the No. 11 seed, and Saint Louis, the No. 12 seed, will both look to separate themselves from the pack with a win on Saturday.
Playing the full-90 minutes in each of the past eight games, Jamal Jack is hitting his stride as the season reaches its home stretch. Last time out against Harrisburg, Jack registered a season-high 11 clearances, which gives him a team-leading 100 clearances on the season.
On a Roll
For the first time since joining the Hounds in 2016, Chevaughn Walsh found the back of the net twice in one game. His scoring outburst against Harrisburg this past Saturday increased his season goal total to five, which ranks second on the club. He figures to be an impact player on the frontline moving forward.
Trey Mitchell has six clean sheets on the season, which leads the club. Most recently, the goalkeeper shut out the City Islanders, making two saves in the process. The Hounds will rely more on Mitchell for the remainder of the campaign, as fellow keeper Keasel Broome is out for the year after undergoing wrist surgery.
Christian Volesky leads Saint Louis with four goals and 15 shots on the season. In the club’s earlier 2-1 victory against the Hounds this season, the striker scored the game-winning tally in the 67th minute. The Pittsburgh backline will need to have its eye on Volesky this weekend.