PITTSBURGH (September 9, 2017) – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds (8-9-10) saw their five-game unbeaten streak come to an end in a 3-0 defeat against Louisville City FC (15-5-5) at Highmark Stadium.
Notching the tallies for the away side were Luke Spencer (33’), Kyle Smith (43’) and Devon Williams (54’).
Despite the lopsided deficit, the Hounds started strong, forcing Louisville goalkeeper Greg Ranjitsingh to make a couple saves early. Romeo Parkes nearly helped Pittsburgh to an early lead in the 2nd minute after making a nice run into the left side of the 18-yard box. Pushing unmarked into the penalty area, Parkes let loose a tough-angled shot with his left foot that forced Ranjitsingh to smother on the pitch.
The best chance of the night for the Hounds followed soon after Chevaughn Walsh made a strong move to create space from 25 yards out. The forward found his partner up top, Corey Hertzog, who made a couple moves of his own to work himself free for a try on frame. Vying for his 12th goal of the year, Hertzog’s shot was struck well, narrowly missing the right post.
Louisville would take control from there, holding a 59 percent share of possession for the first half. The club’s continued siege in the Hounds defensive third finally broke through in the 33rd minute. With only one shot on goal up to that point, Mark-Anthony Kaye sent a pinpoint through-ball to Luke Spencer right in front of the goalmouth. Hounds keeper Matt Perrella went low to prevent an easy tap-in, but Spencer flicked his take true for the first tally of the match.
The second tally of the match came just 10 minutes later, as Louisville turned an errant clear into a golden opportunity. Defender Tobi Adewole made a sliding effort to prevent a potential breakaway for Spencer, but the ball careened to Smith, who was streaking down the right side of the pitch. With a clear path to the goal, Smith worked his way into the box and finished the uncontested chance past Perrella.
Second half action continued with more of the same, as Louisville held the possession edge 53-to-47 percent. Defender Jamal Jack would be victim of a penalty take in the 54th, as Spencer again caused havoc for the Pittsburgh back four. Cutting into prevent another potential breakaway, Jack knocked Spencer enough to draw a whistle in the box.
Louisville’s Speedy Williams potted the penalty home moments later for the third and final of the score match.
With the defeat, both the Hounds’ longest overall unbeaten streak and home unbeaten streak of the season came to a close at five and three games, respectively. The Hounds were also shut out for the first time since July 29 – a 2-0 defeat at the Tampa Bay Rowdies that also marked the last loss for the Hounds before tonight’s match.
Pittsburgh now looks ahead to a date with the Rochester Rhinos (11-5-9) on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Highmark Stadium. Tickets to the match are still available and can be purchased at Riverhounds.com.
Riverhounds – Matt Perrella (Alex Kapp 86’) – Taylor Washington, Jamal Jack, Tobi Adewole, Ritchie Duffie – Kevin Kerr, Victor Souto (Danny Earls 69’), Stephen Okai, Romeo Parkes – Chevaughn Walsh (Kay Banjo 45’), Corey Hertzo
Subs not used: Gale Agbossoumonde, Shannon Gomez, Kenroy Howell, Jack Thompson
Louisville City FC – Greg Ranjitsingh – Sean Totsch, Sean Reynolds, Paco Craig – Kyle Smith, Oscar Jimenez (Tarek Morad 69’), Guy Abend, Devon Williams – George Davis IV (Rich Ballard 76’), Luke Spencer (Brian Ownby 79’), Mark-Anthony Kaye
Subs not used: Tim Dobrowolski, Paolo DelPiccolo, Ilija Ilic
LOU – Luke Spencer 33’ (Mark-Anthony Kaye)
LOU – Kyle Smith 43’
LOU – Devon Williams 54’ (penalty)
PGH – Victor Souto 51’ (caution)
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Head coach Dave Brandt
On tonight’s loss…
“It’s going to need to be one of those things that we rebound from. We have no choice. That’s what you need to do. Louisville City has presented a challenge for us all year. They’re the only team in the Eastern Conference we haven’t taken points off of.”
On moving on to the next game…
“If we can’t be tough enough to be resilient, then we don’t deserve to be in the playoffs anyway. We’ll have to lick our wounds and stand up on Monday again and get ready for Rochester next week.”
On defending Louisville’s Luke Spencer…
“He got in on Jamal for the PK too, and not many guys have done that. I think maybe Jamal figured because he’s always in on guys first – Jamal’s done a very good job of that this year – but Luke had that extra burst inside of him and then it’s 3-0. That was really the killer blow.”