PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-1-4) drew Nashville SC (3-2-1) with the score of 1-1. The game was defensive, as the teams only had a pair of opportunities each in the first half. Nashville SC did manage to take a one-goal lead in the first, but the game was still defensive from the start.
The first opportunity came seven minutes into the game as Ryan James crossed it to Steevan Dos Santos. Dos Santos, couldn’t find the back of the net though and the score remained scoreless early.
Not long after, a yellow card was awarded to Bradley Bourgeois after a tackle on Dos Santos. Dos Santos remained on the ground for a bit but stayed in the game after the incident.
From then on, the two teams lived up to their reputations as two of the top defensive teams in the USL. The opportunities to score were few and far in between. That was the case until Nashville SC scored in the 41st-minute after a corner kick found Ken Tribbett.
Immediately after that, Nashville SC came close to another goal after a breakaway from Kharlton Belmar. Belmar’s shot though was stopped from Kyle Morton, who tipped it over the net to keep the score 1-0.
Only a minute of stoppage time was added to the first half, of which neither team scored during. The two teams went to halftime with the score at 1-0 in favor of Nashville SC.
The Riverhounds used their first substitute early at the 61st-minute when they brought in Anthony Velarde for Dos Santos. Just a couple minutes later, the Hounds brought in their second substitute. This time, it was Christian Volesky for Mouhamed Dabo. Immediately following that, Nashville SC scored on another corner kick. This time it was Bourgeois, who scored off an assist from Tribbett, to make it 2-0.
The Riverhounds brought in Robbie Mertz as their last substitute for Tobi Adewole.
This led to a couple of scoring chances for the Riverhounds, as Mertz had an incredible volley, but sailed over the net. A couple of minutes after that, at the 87th-minute, Volesky put the Riverhounds on the board to make it 2-1. Five minutes were added of stoppage time as the Hounds looked to tie things up.
Which they did shortly into extra time after a shot from Ryan James hit off a Nashville defender. The goal was an own goal and tied things up at 2-2. That’s were the score sat as the final whistle blew, and the two teams earned a point in the affair.