Another clean sheet, another 1-0 United Soccer League victory for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (4-3-2) on the road Saturday against the Ottawa Fury FC (1-3-3). The Black and Gold’s three consecutive wins have been by the same score of 1-0. The Boys from the South Side moved into third place in the USL Eastern Conference standings.
Corey Hertzog recorded his third game-winning goal of the season for the Riverhounds at 51:25 of the second half. Rookie defender Ritchie Duffie hit a cross into the center of the box to an open Hertzog for a header past Fury goalkeeper Callum Irving into the bottom left corner of the net. The 6-foot, 170-pound forward from Reading, Pennsylvania leads the Hounds with five goals. The first goal permitted by the Fury at home in regular season play resulted in their first home loss in 2017.
Jamal Jack and Joe Greenspan were difference-makers in the contest as the two defenders combined on the afternoon for 14 clearances, six tackles, and four blocked shots. Greenspan is on loan from Minnesota United FC of the USL’s Premier Development League.
Pittsburgh goalkeeper Trey Mitchell recorded two saves over 90 minutes while Callum Irving claimed three saves on behalf of Ottawa. Mitchell is in a seven-way tie for the USL lead in clean sheets at three. The last time the Hounds put up three straight shutouts was 2011.
Ottawa general manager and head coach Paul Dalglish commented after the game on the team’s website, “I’ve got to be fair to the players, they gave everything. They created enough chances to win the game. There’s no doubt we were the better team today despite all the events we’ve had this week… but in the end, Pittsburgh took their only chance that they got and we never took ours. That’s football, you can’t win if you don’t score.”
Riverhounds: Trey Mitchell In Goal – Ritchie Duffie (Romeo Parkes 62’), Jamal Jack, Joe Greenspan, Taylor Washington – Marshall Hollingsworth, Stephen Okai (Mike Green 68’), Victor Souto, Jack Thompson – Kevin Kerr, Corey Hertzog (Kay Banjo 90’)
Substitutes Not Used: Keasel Broome, Gale Agbossoumonde, Ben Fitzpatrick, Abuchi Obinwa
Ottawa Fury FC: Callum Irving In Goal – Onua Obasi, Kyle Venter, Ramon Martin Del Campo – Sergio Manesio, Jonathan Barden, Eddie Edward (Tucker Hume 71’), Lance Rozeboom – Jose’ Seoane (Jimmy Shammar Sanon 58’), Michael Salazar, Nicholas DePuy
Substitutes Not Used: David Paulmin, Thomas Meilleur-Giguere, Shane McEleney, Aron Mkungilwa, Jamar Dixon
Yellow Card Summary:
Pittsburgh – Taylor Washington (Caution) – 38:13
Ottawa – Lance Rozeboom (Caution) – 87:36
Ottawa – Sergio Manesio (Caution) – 89:30
Next Up: The Hounds launch Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play on the road Wednesday, May 17, against Chicago FC United (PDL) at 8:00 p.m. in Evanston, Illinois. Louisville City FC comes to the City of Bridges Saturday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. for Military Appreciation Night.
From The Clipboard: The attendance at TD Place Stadium was 3,024…No red cards distributed during the matchup…Pittsburgh owned the advantage in shots on goal 4-3…Ottawa led by one in interceptions 16-15…Both teams had 15 tackles.
United Soccer League Recap From YouTube.com: Ottawa Vs. Pittsburgh From 5/13/2017…