Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Continue Best Start In Franchise History With 2-1 Weekend Win Against Richmond

The Hounds are only 2 points out of first place

Andrew Limberg
June 04, 2018 - 12:33 pm
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC take on Richmond Kickers

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - After losing their first game of the season Wednesday, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC bounced back with a come from behind victory against the Richmond Kickers Saturday night in Virginia.

After being down 1-0 early in the second half the Hounds got two from Neco Brett and Romeo Parkes within seven minutes to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The win improves the Hounds record to 5-1-6. They are currently in third place in the USL Eastern Conference with 21 points and are only 2 behind first place Cincinnati.

After an 8-12-12 record last season, the Hounds are off to their best start in team history. Former Pittsburgh Spirit soccer player and current Hounds Play by play announcer Paul Child tells 93.7 The Fan coaching is a big part for the turn around.

Child says accomplished new head coach Bob Lilley is “able to get the players he needs to make things work.”

Child talked to Lilley after Saturday’s victory and coach told him he has seen a “great deal of an improvement with the players and a lot more [he can] get out of them.”

Child expects the Hounds to continue to improve as the season continues and thinks Saturday’s victory was a “confidence builder for all the players and they start to really respect each other more and we’re only a third of the way into the season so there is a lot more time for development.”

And it has been the defense and goaltending that has kept the Hounds in the thick of it for most of the season so far.

“That’s where one of the strong points are and they’ve had good goal keeping. One of the keepers got injured about three games into the season and now [Daniel] Lynd has taken over and really has come on strong.”

After a bye week the Hounds will continue play on Saturday, June 16 at Highmark Stadium to take on New York Red Bulls II.

Child says even fans and non-fans who haven’t been to a game don’t know what they’re missing.

“It’s just a great venue when you can watch a great game and watch the Gateway Clipper go by every now and again too,” said Child. “This is where people can really get an idea of what kind of standard the USL is, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised I think with the talent they’ve got down there.”

Head to Riverhounds.com for tickets.

 

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