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Hounds earn another preseason shutout win, beating Akron 1-0

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From Riverhounds SC report 

Riverhounds SC defeated the University of Akron, 1-0, in a matinee matchup on Friday at Highmark Stadium.

The Hounds trialist Nazeem Bartman found the back of the net in the 45th minute.

Bartman’s goal would prove to be enough, and the Hounds held off the Zips for the remainder of the match. The blast from Bartman came off his right foot from the top of the penalty box.

Kevin Kerr provided the Black and Gold with what was likely their best scoring chance of the second half with a free kick opportunity in the 57th minute. Kerr ripped a shot on cage, but Akron’s goalkeeper made a diving save.

In the 74th minute, midfielder Sammy Kahsai nearly added another tally, but sent a shot just wide of the net.

Goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard earned another clean sheet for the Hounds. Lundgaard has yet to allow a goal this preseason.

The Hounds will close out the weekend against Lansing Ignite FC at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Highmark Stadium. All preseason matches at Highmark Stadium are free to attend for the public.


First half– Ben Lundgaard – Ryan James, Uchenna Uzo (Tobi Adewole), Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Jordan Dover – Mouhamed Dabo, Kenardo Forbes – Kevin Kerr, Nazeem Bartman, Eti Tavares – Steevan Dos Santos

Second half– Ben Lundgaard – Caleb Smith, Tobi Adewole, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Jordan Dover (Dani Rovira) – Kenardo Forbes (Noah Franke), Mouhamed Dabo (Ryan James) – Kevin Kerr (Sammy Kahsai), Anthony Velarde, Ethan Kutler – Steevan Dos Santos (Neco Brett)

Scoring Summary:
PIT – Nazeem Bartman 45’

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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