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HALFTIME REPORT from Highmark Stadium – Hounds Get Equalizer on Kerr PK

Matt Dallman finally got his first start tonight, but was injured, and was replaced by Tyler Pasher.

Matt Dallman finally got his first start tonight, but was injured, and was replaced by Tyler Pasher.

Pittsburgh Riverhounds 1  Toronto FC II  1
Goals:  Babouli (TFCII) 17′; Kerr (PGH) 42′
Red Card:  Robertson (42′)
As the first half drew to a close, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds were training Toronto FC II 1-0, and needed something to give them a lift to swing the momentum of the game.
In the 42nd minute, Kevin Kerr gave them just that.
Mike Green played a through ball to Kerr who got behind Toronto’s Tarik Robertson. As Kerr took one touch on the ball, Robertson took him down pretty hard, and referee Matt Kreitzer signaled for a penalty kick. He also sent off Robertson with a red card for taking Kerr down from behind just inside the goal box.
Kerr stepped up to deliver the equalizing penalty kick, and the Riverhounds were back in business, taking a 1-1 tie into the half.
The Riverhounds started well, with lots of possession, and creating a few dangerous crosses.
Making his first start, Matt Dallman got into the action early on, recieving a nice back pass from Kerr, and delivered one of his patented right footed crosses into the box. Stephen Okai also delivered a strike from about 28 yards that TFCII’s Quillan Roberts had to dive to his right to clear away from the goal.
Toronto would capitalize first though.
In the 17th minute, LFCII’s Mo Babouli had a few Riverhounds defenders in front of him, but still found enough space to drill a low shot through the back line, and into the left side of the goal to give Toronto the early one goal edge.
Things got worse for the Hounds, as Dallman went down with an injury, and would have to come off. Tyler Pasher, a former Toronto FC academy player, came in for Dallman.
Riverhounds starting eleven included: Ryan Thompson (GK), Anthony Arena, Willie Hunt, Matt Dallman, Sterling Flunder, Stephen Okai, Danny Earls, Kevin Kerr, Rob Vincent, Kene Eze, Vini Dantas
In addition to Pasher, Calle Brown, Miro Cabrilo, Anthony Virgara, Nick Kolarac, Amara Soumah, Seth C’deBaca are on the Riverhounds bench.
Toronto FC starting eleven for tonight included: Quillan Roberts, Wes Charpie, Daniel Fabrizi, Thomas Skylar, Raheem Edwards, Tarik Robertson, Chris Mannella, Jay Chapman, Marcos Nunes, Babouli and Jordan Hamilton.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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