PITTSBURGH ( – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds (6-17-7) could not overcome a first half penalty from Sean Okoli, dropping their season finale 1-0 to FC Cincinnati (16-6-8) at Highmark Stadium.

Okoli’s winner came after an unfortunate bounce caused defender Willie Hunt to cede a handball in the 31st minute.

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen was able to guess correctly, diving to his right to stop Okoli’s take, but the league-leading goal scorer placed the ball just out of Steffen’s reach for his 16th goal on the season.

For the Hounds, they were able to sustain several bouts of solid possession throughout the match, but were unable to solve goalkeeper Mitch Hildebrandt, who recorded his third clean sheet against the club this season.

Pittsburgh’s best chance of the night came in the 69th minute, as midfielder Kevin Kerr lofted a beautiful ball to Cristian Martinez at the top of the 18. Martinez attempted to float the ball over Hildebrandt off the volley, but the Cincinnati keeper stood tall to collect the shot.

The Hounds now look to the offseason, closing the season on a strong stretch of defensive play that saw the club cede one goal or less in seven of their final nine games.

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