ROCHESTER, N.Y. (May 5, 2018) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (4-0-3) extended its club-record unbeaten streak to seven games to start a season with a 2-1 victory against Toronto FC II (0-5-2) on Saturday at Marina Auto Stadium in Rochester, New York.
The Hounds capitalized early with a goal from Neco Brett in the 12th minute and held the lead for the remainder of the match. Kevin Kerr also added a first-half tally in the 36th minute. With the result, Pittsburgh still has yet to trail in a game this season (630 minutes).
How It Happened
It did not take long for Saturday’s match to feel like déjà vu. Following his seven-point hat trick performance in the teams’ first meeting this year, Neco Brett once again found himself on the score sheet.
After Jordan Dover pressured an opposing player, it led to the ball landing at the feet of Kevin Kerr along the end line inside of the penalty area. The long-time Hounds veteran then sent a deflected ball to Brett, who one-timed a right-footed shot into the net from atop of the six-yard box in the 12th minute.
The Kingston, Jamaica native was once again at the center of the offensive attack in the 36th minute – this time playing the role of a distributer. The striker played a give-and-go with Kerr, who then sprinted into the 18-yard box and released a left-footed shot from the penalty dot past Toronto goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell to extend Pittsburgh’s lead to 2-0.
Before Pittsburgh stretched its lead to two goals, Toronto FC II had a chance for an equalizer in the 21st minute. Off a counterattack, Toronto forward Ben Spencer sprinted and collected the ball on the right side of the penalty area. The striker then sent a shot at Hounds goalkeeper Dan Lynd, who lunged and batted it away from danger across the penalty box.
The Hounds held strong for most of the second half, allowing the only Toronto tally in stoppage time.
Scoring the goal for Toronto FC II, Shaan Hundal received a ball on the right side of the penalty area from Mariano Miño. The second-half substitute then beat Lynd with his right foot to bring the score to 2-1.
Earlier in the second half, Toronto had a couple additional scoring chances. In the 59th minute, Aidan Daniels sprinted at Pittsburgh defender Hugh Roberts and turned him around, which freed him up for a shot from just outside the penalty area. However, Daniels’ take went wide of the left post.
Just two minutes later, Luca Uccello also released a shot from just outside of the 18-yard box. Like the aforementioned try, Uccello’s shot missed wide of the left post.
Man of the Match
Neco Brett continued his torrid scoring pace on Saturday, notching a goal and an assist against Toronto FC II. The striker leads the Hounds with 12 points this season.
Stat of the Game
With his first-half goal, Kevin Kerr now has 67 points in his prolific Riverhounds SC career. He is now tied with former Pittsburgh striker Thiago Martins for No. 2 all-time in club history in the statistic.
Beyond the Boxscore
Riverhounds SC will return to Pittsburgh for its first-ever meeting with Indy Eleven (4-2-1) at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at Highmark Stadium. The Hounds are currently unbeaten (3-0-1) at home in 2018.
Riverhounds SC – Dan Lynd – Andrew Lubahn, Hugh Roberts, Todd Pratzner, Jordan Dover – Ben Zemanski (Joe Holland 72’), Thomas Vancaeyezeele – Kevin Kerr (Tobi Adewole 86’), Kenardo Forbes (Bakie Goodman 90+2’), Christiano François – Neco Brett
Subs not used: Mike Kirk, Noah Franke, Ray Lee, Romeo Parkes
Toronto FC II – Caleb Patterson-Sewell – Brandon Okony, Julian Dunn-Johnson, Robert Boskovic, Kyle Bjornethun – Noble Okello Ayo (Shaan Hundal 79’), Luca Uccello (Matthew Srebly 68’) – Malik Johnson, Mariano Miño, Aidan Daniels, Ben Spencer (Olakunle Dada-Luke 65’)
Subs not used: Angelo Cavalluzzo, Akim Andrews, Rocco Romeo, Gideon Waja
PGH – Neco Brett 12’
PGH – Kevin Kerr (Neco Brett) 36’
TOR – Shaan Hundal (Mariano Miño) 90+1’