The Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (15-4-3) played FC Cincinnati (23-3-7) to a draw by the score of 0-0. It was the last home game before the playoffs for the Hounds, so it was Fan Appreciation Night. It was also Breast Cancer Awareness Night, as both teams wore kits that contained pink. The nets were also pink for the game.
Romeo Parkes was able to get the ball into the box just six minutes into the game. He would pass it to Jordan Dover and Dover’s shot went over the net. On the attack, Cincinnati was able to create a chance but ultimately could not score. The score remained 0-0.
FC Cincinnati had a golden opportunity to score their first goal of the game, but a diving Dan Lynd made an incredible save to keep it 0-0.
The Hounds controlled much of the action for the next ten minutes, but they couldn’t find the back of the net. FC Cincy generated chances as well and the game remained largely even from there on out.
The Hounds best chance came when Neco Brett was fouled right outside of the box. The play resulted in a free kick for the Hounds and a yellow card for Forrest Lasso. Romeo Parkes was tasked with taking the free kick. His kick went right into the wall and the score remained 0-0.
The two teams traded chances for much of the first half even though the Hounds led the shot total at 8-2. At around the forty minute mark, Dan Lynd was forced to make another fantastic save when he dived out to steal the ball from an FC Cincy player. The first half ended with the score tied up at 0-0.
The Riverhounds led in shots in the first half at 11-3. The shots on goal total were much closer at 3-2. Even though the Hounds led in shots, Cincinnati led in possession time 52.3% to 47.7%.
For the first five minutes, the game remained largely the same with both teams being able to create a lot of chances. Approaching the sixty-minute mark, the score remained 0-0 and neither team was able to pull ahead.
At the 64 minute mark, FC Cincinnati brought in Nazmi Albadawi to replace Corben Bone. It was their first substitution of the game.
At the 67-minute mark, the Hounds were able to create a breakaway for Christiano Francios, but his ball in was blocked and kicked over the net. This resulted in a corner for Pittsburgh, but they couldn’t generate a shot attempt off of it.
The Hounds created another corner opportunity a couple minutes later, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Right after that, FC Cincy brought in Tyler Gibson for Mike Lahoud. This was their second substitution of the game.
Not long after that, the Hounds brought in Joe Holland and Kay Banjo for Neco Brett and Ben Zemanski. Shortly after that, Thomas Vancaeryezelle came close to a goal as he had a shot that skyrocketed right over the net. Unfortunately for the Hounds, the score remained 0-0.
FC Cincinnati used their third and final sub at the 80-minute mark by bringing in Russell Cicerone for Emory Welshman. The Hounds followed this up by bringing in Ray Lee for Jordan Dover.
None of these subsitutions proved effective though as the game ended in a 0-0 draw. The draw signifies the end of a strong home season for the Hounds. They have just two games remaining on the road in Atlanta and New York, before returning home for the playoffs on October 20th.