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Riverhounds Reaction: Once again, Louisville knock Hounds out of playoffs

Photo courtesy Louisville City FC / USL Championship

Only six days after prevailing in dramatic fashion, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC went the distance and played an another penalty kick shootout in the USL Championship Eastern Conference playoffs. This time, they came out on the losing end, falling to Louisville City FC, 2-2 (5-3 in the shootout), in a heartbreaking end to the 2022 campaign at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, KY, on Saturday night.

For more than 80 minutes, the Riverhounds SC managed and scrapped their way to holding a 2-0 lead in hostile territory, but a quick surge from Louisville City FC in the late stages turned the tables of the match, with two goals.

The teams would play through the end of regulation and extra time testing each other in spurts, but ultimately having to settle the contest in a penalty kick shootout. Louisville held a decided advantage in shots, possession (66/34), corners (14-2) and crosses (49-14).

The Hounds came up short in the shootout, bringing the 2022 campaign to an abrupt halt, when only a half-hour or so earlier, they were on the brink of finally beating Louisville City FC in the playoffs.

FINAL: Louisville City FC 2, Riverhounds 2 (LouCity wins PK shootout, 5-3)

Instead, the Hounds suffered their third playoff exit in the last four years at the hands of the now eight-time Eastern Conference finalists.

After the match, John Krysinsky and Alex Fydryszewski, of Three Rivers Broadcasting, provide instant reaction to another nailbiting match and their immediate takeaways on the Riverhounds playoff performances and season overall.

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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