With their 2-1 loss, Saturday to the Richmond Kickers (2-3-0) at City Stadium in Virginia, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1-3-2) are still searching for their second victory of the 2017 United Soccer League campaign.
Marshall Hollingsworth gave Hounds fans a glimmer of hope in the second half when he claimed his second goal of the season. The 5-foot-6, 160-pound midfielder got the ball near the peak of the arc in the 59th minute and sent a sizzling left-footed strike from about 22-yards out into the upper left corner of the net. For the second straight season, Hollingsworth is on loan to Pittsburgh from their Major League Soccer affiliate, the Columbus Crew.
Coming off a free kick to restart the contest during the second half, Richmond’s Alhaji Kamara recorded the game-winning goal in the 46th minute with a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box to find the top right corner of the net. Kamara recently joined the team on loan from D.C. United of MLS.
The Kickers collected their first goal at the 15-minute mark of the first half when Raul Gonzalez hit Fred Owusu Sekyere with a cross pass that Owusu Sekyere turned into a shot past a fully extended Pittsburgh goalkeeper Trey Mitchell.
Richmond head coach Leigh Cowlishaw spoke with Vic Dorr Jr. from the Times-Dispatch about the hard-fought win, “We had to hang on, and we had to be tough, and we had to be smart — and sometimes it’s difficult to do that when you haven’t won in a while.”
Next Up: Pittsburgh returns to the South Side Saturday, April 29 for a 7:00 p.m. showdown with the Harrisburg City Islanders at Highmark Stadium.
From The Clipboard: There were 1,567 in attendance on a rainy evening at City Stadium…The contest was to get underway at 5:00 p.m., but was held up for an hour because of lightning in the vicinity…There were no yellow or red cards issued during the game…Per Dejan Kovacevic of dkpittsburghsports.com (subscription service), 29-year-old Hounds defenseman Jamal Jack came out of the match in the 18th minute after crashing into Mitchell reaching up for a punch-out in the box…Mitchell had a pair of saves while Richmond goalkeeper Matt Turner had four saves…The Riverhounds led in shots 12-8 and fouls 11-6.
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