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Pittsburgh Hotspurs outlast Rochester Lancers, 3-2, for third straight NPSL victory

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Pittsburgh Hotspurs 3, Rochester Lancers 2

Match Report/Box Score 

In an entertaining match the Pittsburgh Hotspurs won its third straight match, outlasting and holding off the Rochester Lancers in a National Premier Soccer League game at Charlies A. Schiano Sr. Field at Aquinas Institute in Rochester on Sunday evening.

With the win, the Hotspurs remain near the top of the NPSL’s Midwest Region’s Rustbelt Division standings with 12 points (trailing only Cleveland SC, 13 points).

It was Owain Hawkins who snapped a 2-2 tie in the 46th minute to give the Hotspurs the lead after a wild first half.

Things got going in the first half at the 20th minute when Hotspurs scored against the run of play.  Tate Mohney, from just outside the right edge of the area, fired a one-bounce shot past goalkeeper Brian Wilkin into the lower right corner.

The Lancers then charged back for a pair of goals.

Harry Fuller intercepted a Pittsburgh pass and drilled a shot that goalkeeper Jackson Brandwene saved, but left the rebound.  Former Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC forward Lukas Fernandes then slotted home the ball for a 1-1 tie.

In the 29th minute, Antonio La Gamba tallied his first goal as a Lancer to give the hosts a 2-1 advantage. Fernandes sent a left-wing cross into the box that was headed toward the net by a teammate. The clearance went right to La Gamba, who connected from atop the area.

Pittsburgh responded near the end of the half when Lucas Godinho was credited with the equalizer in the 44th minute, although it was probable that the ball had crossed the end line seconds prior.

The Hotspurs didn’t waste any time after the whistle blew for the start of the second half.

It was Hawkins who hit the game’s deciding goal, half-volleying home a corner kick for the 3-2 lead.

From that point forward, the Hotspurs tightened things up, limiting Rochester’s chances for the rest of the match. Rochester’s best opportunity came from Daniel Reger’s header in stoppage time, it was cleared off the line by a Pittsburgh defender.

The clubs will meet again in the regular season finale, on July 11, at Founders Field in Pittsburgh.

Here’s how the Hotspurs lined up:


Next up for the Hotspurs, they’ll return to Western New York on Saturday, June 19, to take on FC Buffalo in Rust Belt Conference Division rematch. The Hotspurs defeated FC Buffalo 2-0 on Friday.

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).

Riverhounds MF Danny Griffin

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