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Hounds come up scoreless in weekend scrimmages vs Duquesne, Charleston

The Riverhounds SC battled Duquense University men's team to a scoreless draw on Friday night (Photo credit: Ed Major)

From Riverhounds SC report

On Sunday, the Riverhounds SC played its second scoreless draw of the weekend against  the University of Charleston (WV) on Sunday at Highmark Stadium, following up a nil-nil encounter against Duquesne on Friday.

In 360 minutes of action, the Hounds have yet to surrender a goal in four preseason scrimmages.

“Today was the toughest opposition we’ve played, and I think we had the majority of the ball and we played in their half the majority of the game,” head coach Bob Lilley said. “I think there were some good things that we can build off of this week. Next week we play Pitt and Bethlehem Steel, and we’ll find out a lot more next week when we have those two games.”

Kevin Kerr provided the Black and Gold with their best scoring chance of the first half with a blast from inside the penalty box in the 13th minute. A diving save from Charleston’s goalkeeper kept things tied at 0-0.

In the 32nd minute, the Hounds had another opportunity. A cross from defender Jordan Dover found the head of Steevan Dos Santos, but the forward placed the ball well over the crossbar.

The second half began the same way the first ended with the Hounds dominating possession, but still unable to score.

Forward Christian Volesky opened up the half with a blast from the halfway line, which sailed over Charleston’s cage. Volesky found another chance to break the game open in the 51st minute, but sent a diving header just wide.

Anthony Velarde lofted a corner kick to Volesky in the 86th minute, but once again Charleston’s goalkeeper kept the Hounds off the board. The header from Volesky was the final chance for the Hounds on the afternoon.


The Boys from the Bluff provided the Hounds with a hard-fought contest on Friday night.

In the first half, the Hounds’ best opportunity to break the nil-nil score came off the foot of Neco Brett. The striker blasted a hard shot at the net, but the Duquesne goalkeeper collected his take in the 18th minute.

After the half, fellow striker Volesky had a great chance to break the 0-0 score in the 66th minute. Directing a diving header toward the frame after Dos Santos sent a ball across the goalmouth, his try ultimately went wide of the target.

Lineups vs Duquesne (Friday, Feb. 15)

First Half– Kyle Morton – Brennan Ireland, Jordan Skelton, Nadeer Ghantous, Jordan Dover – Kenardo Forbes, Sammy Kahsai – Noah Franke, Anthony Velarde – Neco Brett, Christian Volesky (Steevan Dos Santos)

Second Half– Ben Lundgaard – Caleb Smith, Jordan Skelton (Tobi Adewole), Ryan Gallagher, Ryan James – Mouhamed Dabo, Kevin Kerr – Joy Schoonhoven, Devyn Jambga – Steevan Dos Santos, Neco Brett (Christian Volesky)



Lineups vs Charleston (Sunday, Feb. 17):

First Half – Ben Lundgaard – Ryan James, Tobi Adewole, Jordan Skelton, Jordan Dover – Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Kenardo Forbes, Mo Dabo, Kevin Kerr – Neco Brett, Steevan Dos Santos

Second Half – Kyle Morton – Caleb Smith, Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Ryan James), Nadeer Ghantous, Jordan Dover (Jordan Skelton) – Kenardo Forbes (Sammy Kahsai), Mo Dabo (Hakan Redzep) – Kevin Kerr (Devyn Jambga), Anthony Velarde, Noah Franke – Christian Volesky



The Hounds will be back in action against the University of Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. on Friday at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Friday’s match is the only preseason contest Riverhounds SC will play away from Highmark Stadium.

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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