8:58 – after three minutes of stoppage time the game ends in a 2-2 draw.
8:53 – PK GOAL Kenardo Forbes. HOUNDS TIE IT! 2-2
8:52′ PENALTY IN BOX
Neco Brett fouled, goes down. 90′
8:48 – GOAL – HOUNDS cut Louisville lead in half, 2-1.
Joe Holland! Sends ball into the box from the left side that finds its way into the goal.
8:41 – Hounds making final subs.
Joe Holland in for Greenspan
Kay Banjo in Lee
8:39 – yet another corner for Pgh — and huge scrum, lots of feet on ball, but cleared by Lou City.
8:32 – GOAL – LOU CITY goes up 2-0.
long ball in — Alexis Souahy on receiving end to finish it.
Greenspan fails to close space. Another great play by Paco Craig with the assist.
LouCity goes up 2-0.
8:27 – LOU CITY sub — Shaun Francis comes in for former @RMUMSoccer ‘s Speedy Williams
8:24 – Hounds with first sub — Here comes the Cheetah … Christiano Francois in for Zemanski 61’
8:20 – all these corners coming for Hounds, but have to hand it to LouCity — they’re defending the box pretty well
8:17 – Lancaster picks up yellow card hard foul. Hounds with free kick opp… but off side after play it around. Stuff there that will Bob Lilley will pick nits
8:14 – Zemanski’s high ball in (a halftime adjustment no doubt after far post liners were gobbled up by Ranjitsingh) headed by Parkes for a second ball, but too many LouCity defenders clogging box 53′
8:12 – Lee gets in left side of box — fires a ball through the goal box but no one is there.
8:10 – Forbes doing some dirty work there — getting ball out of tight space on side line. He’s a magician.
8:08 – second half kicks off — no changes for either side
8:00 – stats are really in favor of Pgh:
possession (60-40), corners (7-1), shots (9-1 and 3-1 on target) and chances.
7;52 – HALF
Hounds dominate possession, chances, but LouCity comes up with the big plays: a spectacular goal by Lancaster and dazzling saves by Ranjitsingh
7:50 – Forbes now whips one in to center of box — Parkes goes up to head it — and misses it. That is all. 44′
7:47 – Corners number five and six for Hounds set up by Forbes cut back in box. Neither connect as well defended by LouCityFC.
7;42 – Hounds with great counter chance. Parkes whips it in — point blank header by Brett stopped cold by Ranjitsingh. Then Brett’s rebound chance was stopped too. LouCity with some fantastic goalkeeping!
7:39 – GOAL – LOU CITY takes 1-0 lead.
Cameron Lancaster stuns the Hounds! Wow! turnaround — and left footed finish with Tobi Adewole hanging all over his back! 32′
7:28 – third corner attempt for Hounds wasted as short ball in played back and then Vancaeyezeele pass goes through untouched
7:24 – What a chance!
Forbes pounces on LouCity bad pass — sets up Brett beautifully with nice diagonal ball thru. Brett takes touch wide to get around keeper, but wide angle shot is saved by Lou defender.
7:17 – another corner for Hounds — to far post area but Ranjitsingh is there to grab it. 11′
7:14 – First corner for Hounds. Header in middle of box for Greenspan. Misses left. Served in by Zemanski. 9′
Also, for second straight game, we’re seeing Hounds in 3-1-4-2. Greenspan anchoring back line. Dabo the sole holding mid. Zemanski and Forbes central attacking mids. Parkes and Brett are up top
7:09 – Hounds wearing black tops with white shorts and black socks. A new combination for sure.
7:08 – Thirty seconds in, and Romeo Parkes instantly with a chance but Gregory Ranjitsingh there with the save.
6:30 pm –
HOUNDS STARTING XI
GK Dan Lynd
D – Tobi Adewole, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Joe Greenspan
MF – Ray Lee, Jordan Dover, Ben Zemanski, Mouhamed Dabo, Kenardo Forbes, Romeo Parkes – Neco Brett
Mike Kirk (G), Hugh Roberts, Andy Lubahn, Kay Banjo, Christiano Francois, Joe Holland, Noah Franke
Louisville Starting XI
Gregory Ranjitsingh – Oscar Jimenez, Paco Craig, Alexis Souahy , Kyle Smith – Paolo DelPiccolo (c), Devon Williams – Niall McCabe, Ilija Ilic , George Davis IV – Cameron Lancaster
Tim Dorrowolski (G), Richard Ballard, Luke Spencer, Shaun Francis, Sean Totsch, Pat McMahon, Jose Carranza
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (13-4-10) vs. Louisville City FC (13-5-8)
Saturday, Sept. 15
Highmark Stadium, 7 p.m.
John Krysinsky – reporting
Mark Goodman – scouting report (see below) | analysis & player grades
Line-ups posted here at approximately 6:15 p.m.
• A potential six-point swing is at stake for both sides in the second and final meeting during the regular season. The Hounds previously prevailed at Slugger Field in June with a 1-0 victory. Pittsburgh is 2-5-2 all-time against its purple counterparts, including having never defeated Lou City at home in five tries (0-4-1).
• After a month on the injury list, the Hounds appear to be getting goalkeeper Dan Lynd back to the roster. Mike Kirk has started the past five matches in Lynd’s absence. We’ll see if Hounds coach Bob Lilley opts to start Lynd in this match.
• Saturday’s match brings with it considerable stakes in the Eastern Conference, as only two points separate the second-place Hounds (49 points) from fourth-place Louisville (47 points). For Pittsburgh, a finish in the top-four alone would be massive. Despite having made the playoffs three times since the modern era of USL play began in 2011, the Hounds have never hosted a playoff match at Highmark Stadium.
• Also vying for a season sweep in head-to-head competition for the first time in club history, the Hounds will hope their recent hot play of late at home – five games unbeaten (3-0-2) – will translate to a positive result at Highmark Stadium. The proposition will be a difficult one though, as in addition to the aforementioned winless streak at home to the visitors, Lou City is unbeaten in its past four on the road, totaling 18 goals scored (4-0-0).
MORE ON LOUISVILLE CITY FC
Louisville has been up and down of late — but have mostly kept pace with the Hounds and are now in position to jump into second place with a win at a place they’ve never lost — Highmark Stadium.
This will be the first match between the teams with Louisville’s new coach, John Hackworth matching wits with Hounds coach Bob Lilley. Hackworth took over for James O’Connor who was hired by Orlando City FC at midseason.
Our Mark Goodman, aka Riverhounds Rabbi filed this stellar scouting report on the defending USL Champions.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Both coaches realize that this will be a challenging match.
“I’m expecting to go there and have a team that has proven this season to be very tough, especially at home on that field. We have a huge challenge in front of us. Not only to be on the road but our opponent is well-coached, they are organized, they know exactly how they want to play and they know how to take advantage of their opponents,” John Hackworth, Louisville City’s Head Coach said.
“I don’t think it’s a huge secret, their (Riverhounds) style and what they’re trying to do. I do think it’s unique that they show some different looks and they press in different ways dependent on who they are playing. We’ll have to make sure that we deal with everything they throw at us and for sure we’re going to have to make some adjustments in game to take advantage of that.”
🎥: "The game is for second place, in effect, right now. It's important for us to have a good performance and not let them get comfortable."
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) September 14, 2018
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) September 12, 2018
Louisville City FC overall record: 13-6-8
Louisville City FC road record: 7-3-3
Pittsburgh overall record: 13-4-10
Pittsburgh home record: 8-2-5
HOUNDS INJURY REPORT
Dennis Chin – Out (Groin)
Kevin Kerr – Out (Calf)
Kyle Morton – Out (Lower-body)
June 27, 2018, at Louisville Slugger Field
Pittsburgh 1, Louisville City FC 0
PGH – Kenardo Forbes 79’
Sept. 9, 2017, at Highmark Stadium
Louisville City FC 3, Pittsburgh 0
LOU – Luke Spencer 33’ (Mark-Anthony Kaye)
LOU – Kyle Smith 43’
LOU – Devon Williams 54’ (penalty)
Goals: Neco Brett (14)
Assists: Kenardo Forbes (8)
Points: Neco Brett (33)
Saves: Dan Lynd (35)
Save %: Dan Lynd (.761)
GAA: Dan Lynd (0.58)
Louisville City FC
Goals: Cameron Lancaster (18)
Assists: Ilija Ilic (8)
Points: Cameron Lancaster (38)
Saves: Gregory Ranjitsingh (58)
Save %: Gregory Ranjitsingh (.637)
GAA: Gregory Ranjitsingh (1.22)
LAST TIME OUT…
Pittsburgh 4, Bethlehem 1
PGH – Joe Greenspan 17’ (Ben Zemanski)
BST – James Chambers 35’ (penalty)
PGH – Kenardo Forbes 45’ (Neco Brett)
PGH – Neco Brett 76’
PGH – Jordan Dover 79’ (Ray Lee)
Mike Kirk – Ray Lee, Tobi Adewole, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Joe Greenspan, Jordan Dover – Ben Zemanski (Joe Holland 82’), Mouhamed Dabo – Kenardo Forbes, Romeo Parkes (Noah Franke 75’) – Neco Brett (Kay Banjo 82’)
Louisville City FC
FC Cincinnati 1, Louisville City FC 0
CIN – Corben Bone 23’ (Emmanuel Ledesma)
Gregory Ranjitsingh – Oscar Jimenez, Paco Craig, Alexis Souahy (Richard Ballard 81’), Kyle Smith – Paolo DelPiccolo, Devon Williams – Niall McCabe (Shaun Francis 65’), Ilija Ilic (Luke Spender 71’), George Davis IV – Cameron LancasterPEN – Aaron Dennis 32’ (Miguel Jaime)
PEN – Lucky Mkosana 40’ (Paulo Junior)
PEN – Paulo Junior 59’ (Aaron Dennis)
Jake McGuire – Prosper Chiluya, Brandon Aubrey, Matthew Mahoney, Olivier Mbaizo – James Chambers, Drew Skundrich – Marcus Epps (Michee Ngalina 80’), Brenden Aaronson (Chris Nanco 70’), Fabian Herbers – Faris Pemi Moumbagna (Santi Moar 60’)