Coming off their 1-0 shutout of Toronto FC II (1-3-3) Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds has won 1-0 in back to back victories. The Boys from the South Side claimed a 3-3-2 mark in the United Soccer League and risen to fourth place in the USL Eastern Conference.
While the Boys from Ontario did not allow a goal over their last three matches, Pittsburgh’s Marshall Hollingsworth at the 22nd minute of the first half set up rookie Victor Souto for a long strike from 25-yards out past Toronto goalkeeper Angelo Cavalluzzo into the top right corner of the net. It was the first professional goal for the 24-year-old midfielder from Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Souto talked with Matt Grubba of the Tribune-Review about his initial score, “My whole family is back in Brazil, so every performance I have is for them. They can’t be here to watch me play, but I know that they’re watching online. When I scored the goal, that’s the peak of the soccer game, and I just fell on my knees thanking God and my family for the energy they were sending me.”
Hounds goalkeeper Trey Mitchell recorded two saves over 90 minutes while Cavalluzzo, this week’s USL Goalkeeper of the Week, collected three saves.
Mitchell spoke on the team’s website about repelling Toronto’s charge over the last 15 minutes of the contest, “I was pretty confident going into the last 15 minutes. I have major confidence in Joe, Jamal, Ritchie Duffie, but Ritchie Duffie was playing a little bit higher for us today – Taylor Washington slips into a center back role.”
Pittsburgh head coach Dave Brandt chatted with John Krysinsky of dkpittsburghsports.com (subscription service) about the win, “There’s no quit. There’s no let up. There’s plenty of fight in our guys.”
Next Up: The Hounds are on a 10-day break before they face the Ottawa Fury FC (1-2-2) on the road Saturday, May 13 at TD Place Stadium. The two combatants take the pitch at 2:00 p.m.
From The Clipboard: The attendance at Highmark Stadium was 950…No yellow or red cards issued during the matchup…Pittsburgh and Toronto tied in shots at 11 apiece…The Riverhounds led in interceptions 33-26.
USL Highlights From YouTube.com: USL Game Of The Week #PGHvTOR 05/03/2017…