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Hounds hang on, battle FCC to 1-1 draw

The Riverhounds came out flying early, then held on for a hard-fought 1-1 draw at FC Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon before 22,643 fans at Nippert Stadium in a battle that matched contrasting tactics and styles.
With the result, the Hounds pushed its unbeaten streak to five games as their record now stands at 8-8-10, good for 34 points.  The Hounds surged to an early lead as Corey Hertzog scored his 11th goal of the season in the third minute, but as FC Cincinnati turned the tide, using every inch of the field to dominate possession (65% to 35%), hold the edge in corner kicks (10-1) and open play crosses (22-2) in a match of two teams with contrasting styles and tactics, the Hounds held on for dear life.
“I thought we had a good plan, and it remained a good plan the whole game, but it was a matter of executing it,” Dave Brandt, Hounds head coach, said, in his team’s efforts to play narrow and direct, trying to frustrate FCC’s rhythm. “We got a little bit stretched out, and it made it a little hard for us to do what we wanted to do on both sides of the ball. But I give the guys credit. It was a tough environment. We wanted three points, but we got one point on the road.”




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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