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2018: By the Numbers

By Anthony Picardi, 10/25/18, 4:15PM EDT


Finishing a historic season, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC set numerous team records in the midst of a playoff campaign. Whether on offense, on defense or as a team, the club posted new bests – even breaking the likes of feats that have stood for more than a decade. Here’s a look back at the 2018 season by the numbers.


The Hounds posted 15 regular season wins in 2018, marking only the fourth time the club has reached this total. The last time Pittsburgh gathered 15 victories dates back to the 2004 campaign, when the team pocketed 17 wins.


Pittsburgh logged a record 0.76 team goals-against average. This is the second time in franchise history it allowed less than one goal per game, as the other occasion occurred in 2004 (0.85 goals-against average).


Defensively, the Hounds amassed 17 clean sheets this season in 34 regular season matches. This shatters the previous team record of 10 shutouts it earned in 2003. Never before had the Black and Gold recorded a clean sheet in at least half of its games played.


Goalkeeper Dan Lynd broke a record held by his own goalkeeping coach. Lynd surpassed Hunter Gilstrap en route to setting a single-season team record with 12 shutouts.


Longest-tenured Hound Kevin Kerr added 20 games played to his career club statistics. The midfielder now sits at 151 career games played for Pittsburgh, ranking second to only David Flavius’ 183 appearances.


Just in his rookie season, Thomas Vancaeyezeele played all over the pitch for Pittsburgh in 2018 along the way to setting a team single-season record with 2,909 minutes. He surpassed the mark of 2,813 minutes that Kerr posted in 2017.


Tallying 37 points, Neco Brett posted the third-highest single-season point total in club history. Only Thiago Martins (51 points in 2003) and Rob Vincent (42 points in 2015) accumulated higher totals.


A mainstay in the Hounds’ midfield, Mouhamed Dabo set a single-season team record with 80 tackles, shattering the mark of 64 tackles that Victor Souto posted in 2017.


Helping anchor the Pittsburgh backline, Joe Greenspan finished the campaign with a team record 162 clearances. He had double-digit clearances in seven of his 21 games started.