Riverhounds SC 3, Indy Eleven 2
8:56 – GOAL – in a cloud of gold smoke — somehow Indy cuts the lead! 3-2 Hounds in stoppage time.
8:55 – GOAL – Neco Brett fouled in box
Kenardo Forbes hits the PK to give Pgh 3-1 lead.
8:52 – Gonna be nail biting time for Hounds now. Still 2-1 Pgh
Indy has corner, but it’s cleared away
8:47 – GOAL – Indy – McInenery scores for third time of year against Pittsburgh!
8:43 – Brett takes it from 25 yards out — just on top of the arc — and ball goes over bar 77′
8:40 – Ray Lee comes in for Christiano Francois 74′
8:30 – Indy makes second sub of night.
Elliott Collier in for Matt Watson
8:27 – wild sequence as Indy almost scores.
GK Dan Lynd comes out past the 18 to play ball even with pair of Hounds defenders near ball, Indy forward Jack McInenery beats him to ball.
Lynd hustles back to deny a shot chance. McInenery was down for a bit after play but up now.
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) September 23, 2018
8:25- Even with 2-0 lead, Hounds continue to press forward. Set up a free kick on left side that goes to far post, but Adewole called for going over back of Indy defender
8:16 – GOAL – Neco Brett! RIVERHOUNDS double lead, 2-0.
What an effort
Seconds after Zemanski’s goal — Brett manages to keep ball alive, turns and puts it in for his 15th of season!
— Michael Sinko (@sinkomr) September 23, 2018
8:14 – GOAL – Ben Zemanski – RIVERHOUNDS lead 1-0. (49′)
Ben Zemanski puts in a loose ball after Christiano Francois’ cross bounces around.
8:11 – second half starts with corner opportunity for @RiverhoundsSC but ball to far post area is eventually cleared away
HALF – Pittsburgh 0, Indy Eleven 0
Pretty evenly played match. Hounds with more possession (56%-44%).
Forbes’ late shot the only one on target for either side. Shots are even (5-5, 1-0 on target). Corners Pgh 2-0, Crosses 10-2.
7:54 – After getting feed from Francois on right side of box, Forbes lets one go but nice diving save made in dying seconds of 1st half by Indy’s Owain Fon Williams to keep the match scoreless.
7:52 – three minute or so injury delay results in a sub for Indy as Starikov comes out — with Soony Saad coming in. Two mins stoppage time added to half
7:49 – On ensuing free kick, Hounds keeper Dan Lynd handles a very high redirected ball in the air that lands just in front of crossbar 43′
7:48 – Dabo a little late with tackle — and Indy with another free kick from left side about 35 yds out…
7:44 – Forbes now sees Francois breaking — sends long diagonal ball over to number 7 — who finds Brett near top of goal box, but shot attempt was stuffed by Indy defender.
7:38 – Hounds playing pretty direct with only a cross or two in the past 10 minutes or so. Lacking creative build-up through the middle. Part of that may be Indy’s organization in back (32′)
7:33 – Free kick for Indy now — and it connects with a bicycle attempt by Mitchell that goes way over bar.
7:26 – Collision on left side results in another Hounds free kick chance.
Francios with ball to center of goal that barely misses
7:23 – Francios drive a dangerous low ball in from right corner — bounces around Brett can’t quite connect and it’s cleared away
7:21 – Roberts barely makes contact (but does) with Jack McInerney to draw free kick. The ball into far post area a bit dangerous for Hounds, but shot by Starikov goes over bar 14′
7:11 – Good chance there for Indy — as Dylan Mares was fed a nice pass inside 18 — but a weak one-time attempt trickles wide right of goal
7:06 pm – kickoff is here — Hounds back to wearing gold tops with black shorts/trim and gold socks. Indy in all white
6:20 pm – Starting XI for Riverhounds SC
GK – Dan Lynd D – Joe Greenspan, Hugh Roberts, Tobi Adewole MF – Jordan Dover, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Mouhamed Dabo, Ben Zemanski, Kenardo Forbes (c) F – Chrstiano Francois, Neco Brett
Mike Kirk (G), Andrew Lubahn, Joe Holland, Noah Franke, Romeo Parkes, Kay Banjo, Ray Lee
Indy Eleven’s Starting XI:
Owain Fon Williams – Reiner Ferreira, Bradford Rusin, Carlyle Mitchell, Karl Ouimette – Ayoze Garcia, Brad Ring, Matthew Watson, Juan Guerra, Dylan Mares, Eugene Starikov (Soony Saad, 45), Jack McInerney
Ben Lindgaard (G), Brad Rusin, Kevin Venegas, Nico Matern, Den Speas, Soony Saad, Elliott Collier
Riverhounds SC (13-4-11, 50 points) vs Indy Eleven (12-8-9, 45 points)
Highmark Stadium, 7 p.m.
PSN Coverage – John Krysinsky – Reporting
Twitter: #PGHvIND | @pghsoccerscribe
Stats: USL Match Center
This weekend’s tilt will mark the third time these two sides have met in 2018 with the previous two meetings both resulting in draws. The Hounds have never drawn three times with the same opponent in a season during the modern era of USL play (since 2011).
More importantly, both Pittsburgh and Indy are part of a crowded Eastern Conference table with multiple teams jockeying for a top-four spot and the right to host a home playoff game. For the Hounds, they fell to third place after Louisville won earlier this week against Penn FC and now trail the defending champs by a point in the standings with a game in hand. Indy, meanwhile, is four points out of the top-four.
Working in Pittsburgh’s favor is its recent hot play at home, as the club is currently running a six-game unbeaten streak (3-0-3). The attack, in particular, has been heating up, racking up 44 shots and six goals in its past two games – the latter number being the most amount of goals scored by the Hounds in a two-game stretch this season.
MORE ON INDY ELEVEN
Together they break down:
- The craziness that happened the last time these two teams played,
- What he thinks about Indy’s chances down the stretch,
- What to expect from this week’s match up,
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
????: "It's important we get three every time we step out for the rest of the year."
— Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC (@RiverhoundsSC) September 21, 2018
HOUNDS INJURY REPORT
Kevin Kerr – Out (Calf)
Kyle Morton – Out (Lower-body)
Aug. 29, 2018, at Lucas Oil Stadium
Pittsburgh 2, Indy Eleven 2
IND – Jack McInerney 4’ (Matthew Watson)
PGH – Joe Greenspan 45’+2 (Christiano François)
PGH – Christiano François 59’
IND – Jack McInerney 90’+4 (Ben Speas)
May 11, 2018, at Highmark Stadium
Pittsburgh 0, Indy Eleven 0
Goals: Neco Brett (14)
Assists: Kenardo Forbes (8)
Points: Neco Brett (33)
Saves: Dan Lynd (36)
Save %: Dan Lynd (.735)
GAA: Dan Lynd (0.66)
Goals: Jack McInerney (9)
Assists: Ayoze Garcia (6)
Points: Jack McInerney (20)
Saves: Owain Fon Williams (70)
Save %: Owain Fon Williams (.673)
GAA: Owain Fon Williams (1.17)
LAST TIME OUT…
Pittsburgh 2, Louisville 2
LOU – Cameron Lancaster 31’ (Paco Craig)
LOU – Alexis Souahy 70’ (Paco Craig)
PGH – Gregory Ranjitsingh 86’ (own goal)
PGH – Kenardo Forbes 90’+1 (penalty)
Dan Lynd – Ray Lee (Kay Banjo 80’), Tobi Adewole, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Joe Greenspan (Joe Holland 80’), Jordan Dover – Ben Zemanski (Christiano François 61’), Mouhamed Dabo – Kenardo Forbes, Romeo Parkes – Neco Brett
Penn FC 1, Indy Eleven 0
PEN – Paolo Junior 57’ (Harri Hawkins)
Owain Fon Williams – Reiner Ferreira, Bradford Rusin, Carlyle Mitchell, Karl Ouimette – Ayoze Garcia (Seth Moses 66’), Nico Matern (Nathan Lewis 86’), Matthew Watson – Eugene Starikov, Jack McInerney, Ben Speas (Dylan Mares 66’)