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Hounds top Loudoun United FC, 3-0, in second preseason match

Another Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC preseason match brought another three goals for the home side as they defeated USL Championship Eastern Conference foe Loudoun United, 3-0, at Highmark Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

Wyatt Borso, Alex Dixon and William Eyang scored for the Riverhounds SC in the victory.

Wyatt Borso, Alex Dixon and William Eyang scored for the Hounds (2-0-0), who put a much more experienced side on the field for this match than in their preseason opener last weekend against Villanova.

Borso netted his second goal in as many games to open the scoring in the 24th minute. The 17-year-old forward received a diagonal ball forward on the right wing, and he placed the ball around the charging goalkeeper with his first touch.

The Hounds had other good chances in the first half, including two that struck the crossbar — a header by Russell Cicerone and a free kick by Kenardo Forbes just before the break.

Once again, the Hounds made multiple substitutions at the break, though some starters got a more extended run for the first time. Cicerone, Borso, midfielder/defender Dani Rovira, and defenders Jelani Peters and Robby Dambrot all got between 54 and 70 minutes, as the team begins to stretch out toward the March 12 season opener.

Dixon made the score 2-0 with a penalty kick in the 74th minute after Dane Kelly drew a hard foul in front of goal. It was the first goal of the preseason for Dixon, the Hounds’ assists leader in 2021.

Eyang wrapped up the scoring with his first goal in a Hounds uniform. The striker, who signed with the team as a free agent, turned to lose his defender at the top of the box and scored with a hard, left-footed shot that got inside the near post in the game’s final minute.

Next up for the Hounds, they’ll travel across town to face Pitt men’s soccer on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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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