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PITTSBURGH (Riverhounds.com) — The Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-10-4) extended their goalless streak to three matches, falling to the Richmond Kickers (7-6-5), 2-0, in a contest delayed by both weather and a power outage at Highmark Stadium.
Tallying the goals for the Kickers were Yudai Imura in the 44th minute on a penalty and Sunny Jane in the 67th minute.
Both teams battled evenly in the first half, trading possession and chances throughout the match’s first 45 and change. Hounds midfielder Lebo Moloto kept active, compiling two dangerous chances from distance, including a solid display of footwork and possession in the box in the 38th minute to force a save by Richmond goalkeeper and D.C. United loanee Travis Worra.
The match took an unfortunate turn for the Hounds in the 44th minute, as defender Willie Hunt, jockeying for position in the Hounds box, was called for a penalty. Richmond’s Imura took the penalty, firing a shot past Mauricio Vargas from the right side to give the Kickers a lead before halftime.
During the break, the stadium was bombarded with a torrential downpour complete with thunder and lightning, forcing a weather delay. The conclusion of the lengthy delay though was extended even further by a power outage. The inconvenience ended up delaying the start of the second half by nearly two hours, with play not resuming until 10:36 p.m. – the first half concluded at 7:48 p.m.
Shaking off rust, both squads battled in the midfield before Jane took off on a lengthy run down the pitch, eventually finishing with a direct strike at the top of the box in the 67th minute. From there, the Hounds would push to wipe away the clean sheet, but we’re ultimately unsuccessful.
Pittsburgh now shifts its focus to round two of the Keystone Derby Cup presented by the Pennsylvania Lottery and K&L Gates at home against the Harrisburg City Islanders (4-13-2) on Sunday, July 17 at 7 p.m. For more information on the Hounds’ next match, visit Riverhounds.com.
Riverhounds – Mauricio Vargas – Jack Thompson – Willie Hunt – Sergio Campbell (Zak Boggs 70′) – Mike Green – Danny Earls – Ryan Adeleye – Kevin Kerr – Marshall Hollingsworth (Duwayne Ewart 80′)- Lebo Moloto – Corey Hertzog
Subs not used: Hunter Gilstrap, Jordan Murrell, Conor Branson, Ben Swanson, Nick Thompson
Richmond Kickers – Travis Worra – Braeden Troyer – Hugh Roberts – William Yomby – Luke Mishu – Michael Callahan (Jackson Eskay 90+) – Samuel Asante (Alex Lee 84′) – Luiz Fernando, (Brian Ownby 68′) Sunny Jane (Fred Sekyere Owusa 78′)- Yudai Imura – Anthony Grant (Sascha Gorres 84′)
Subs not used: Sawyer Gaffney, Jason Yeisley
RIC- Yudai Imura 44′
RIC- Sunny Jane 67′
PGH- Danny Earls 16′ (Caution)
RIC- Sunny Jane 26′ (Caution)
PGH- Sergio Campell 44′ (Caution)
Post-Game Quote Sheet
On the penalty call…
The play of the game was right before halftime – when we gave Richmond a goal. I don’t know if I’m in trouble for saying that or not, but that was a silly penalty. That’s not what we need right now. But we just have to be better, so that we are ahead 1-0, before something like that even happens. Obviously we weren’t tonight, and we’re not there yet. So that is on us. But that was a silly call. It’s ridiculous.
On the delay…
That’s the first time that’s ever happened to me, and that was pushing three hours. But it was the same for both teams. I think players at this level, and at this level of experience handle it, you know I think it was just one of those things.