With the first half of the season completed, The Howler takes a look back at some of the best moments so far in 2018. Today, the midseason review details the goals that defined the Hounds’ current second-place standing in the Eastern Conference.
Now let’s take a look at the best goals…
Neco Brett // April 7 // Toronto FC II
Already posting two tallies, striker Neco Brett hunted down a hat trick. Originally hitting wing player Andrew Lubahn with a pass on a break, Brett sprinted to the goalmouth as his teammate released a shot. In position to react quickly and convert on the rebound opportunity, Brett scored his third goal of the match en route to the Hounds’ 4-0 win. He was later named USL Player of the Week for his efforts.
Neco Brett // April 28 // Atlanta United 2
The Hounds kept up their ferocious style of play against Atlanta United 2 in an early season contest, stretching the field and attacking constantly. It didn’t take long for Riverhounds SC to get its name on the board after a wonderful effort from Christiano François resulting in a patient strike from Neco Brett. Goalkeeper Paul Christensen made an early move toward Brett before he feinted to his left and rocked one into the back of the net. With the win, the Hounds moved their record to 3-0-3 to start the season.
Romeo Parkes // June 2 // Richmond Kickers
Playing at City Stadium on a rainy Saturday night, Riverhounds SC dominated possession and chances in the first half of play before letting in an early goal in the second half. After changing the personnel and bringing in Neco Brett, the Hounds received more opportunities. The change prevailed, and Brett placed a perfect ball in to Romeo Parkes, who then shot it after only its second bounce. Parkes’ goal went down as the game-winner in the Hounds’ comeback 2-1 victory.
Christiano François // July 4 // North Carolina FC
With only 18 minutes being played in the match, the game was halted due to a lightning delay. After more than a two-hour break, the Hounds were ready to fight for three points. In the final moments of the first half, Christiano François danced past North Carolina’s defense for an exhilarating blast to the far post. The beautiful shot and goal led François to be nominated for USL Goal of the Week.
Hugh Roberts // July 8 // Ottawa Fury FC
Riding a winning streak of two straight matches, the Hounds migrated north to take on Ottawa Fury FC in the confines of TD Place. With a record of 3-0-4 on the road, Riverhounds SC came into the matchup with its foot on the gas pedal. A failed corner kick from Christiano François resulted in a second opportunity for the midfielder to whip the ball into the penalty box. With a header, Todd Pratzner set up Hugh Roberts to turn the heat on Ottawa. Roberts attacked the ball with two defenders on his tail and poked the ball out of the air with his right foot. The off-ball movement worked to the Hounds’ advantage, as Roberts’ no-look goal was the only tally of the contest.