For the third time in four United Soccer League contests, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (4-4-3) were able to claim a clean sheet, but it was not enough Wendesday as the Black and Gold could not get a goal of their own on the road and tied 0-0 with the Harrisburg City Islanders (2-3-4) at FNB Field.
This meeting was the second of three between Eastern Conference adversaries who battle every season for the Keystone Derby Cup. Pittsburgh recorded a 1-0 victory Saturday, April 29 before their Steel Army supporters on the South Side. The Hounds are 1-0-1 when the pair of combatants come together for their last match Saturday, Aug. 12, back in Harrisburg to decide who keeps the trophy.
While the Riverhounds are in fourth place in the East, they have put up just three goals over their last five league matchups.
Pittsburgh goalkeeper Trey Mitchell collected three saves while center back Joe Greenspan added nine clearances to the box score. The 6-foot-6, 209-pound defender from Summit, New Jersey, has led the Hounds in clearances six times in eight starts. Goalie Sean Lewis had five saves in his first start for Harrisburg.
Harrisburg head coach Bill Becher spoke on the team website after the game, “Defensively we were solid. Sean stepped in and did really well like we thought he would.”
Riverhounds: Mitchell in goal – Taylor Washington, Joe Greenspan, Jamal Jack, Ben Fitzpatrick – Stephen Okai, Kevin Kerr, Jack Thompson (Abuchi Obinwa 45’), Marshall Hollingsworth (Connor Maloney 70’) – Romeo Parkes (Chevaughn Walsh 85’), Corey Hertzog
Players Not Seeing Action: Keasel Broome, Lalas Abubakar, Mike Green, Ritchie Duffie
City Islanders: Lewis in goal – Shawn McLaws, Tiago Calvano, James Thomas, Lee Nishanian – Mouhamed Dabo, Paul Wilson, Rasheed Olabiyi – Jonny Mendoza, Cardell Benbow (Frederick Opoku 40’), Aaron Wheeler (Pedro Ribeiro 45’)
Players Not Seeing Action: Nick Noble, Jake Bond, Danny DiPrima, Travis Brent, Abass Mohammed
Yellow Card Summary:
Harrisburg – Mouhamed Dabo 28:18 (caution)
Harrisburg – Pedro Ribeiro 46:23 (caution)
From The Clipboard: The attendance at FNB Place was 2,061…No red cards dispersed during the match…Pittsburgh enjoyed the advantage in tackles 22-14, interceptions 34-20, and shots on goal 5-3.
Video From The United Soccer League On YouTube.com – Harrisburg Vs. Pittsburgh Recap 05/24/2017…