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Another slow start dooms Hounds in 2-0 loss to Rochester

Things have only gone from bad to worse for the Riverhounds coming down the stretch of what was once a promising season, with the latest fiasco coming against longtime league foes Rochester Rhinos, losing 2-0, at Highmark Stadium on Saturday night in yet another game plagued by a slow start.
Playing with a sense of urgency and a spot in the USL playoffs, the Rhinos didn’t waste any time getting the upper hand.

Jochem Graf scored only 26 seconds into the match, then Wal Fall added another goal in the 11th minute, clinching a playoff spot for the visitors, as they handed the lethargic Hounds a third straight loss.

“It’s not just bad, it’s unforgivable,” Dave Brandt, Riverhounds Head Coach, said after the match of falling behind early in a loss that drops his team’s record to 8-12-11. “I do think there’s something ‘hanging in the air’. I certainly felt the threat of that, but I did and said what I could. In the end, we have to step on the field, and play against a motivated Rochester team.”

To read the full recap and analysis, visit DK Pittsburgh Sports.


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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