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FINAL: Riverhounds SC 3, Memphis 901 FC 1

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Pittsburgh Riverhounds 3, Memphis 901 FC 1

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Match Summary

The Riverhounds SC and its topman Albert Dikwa were sharp in the final third in taking down Memphis 901 FC, 3-1, on Saturday at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN.

Dikwa delivered his first hat trick of his career, and the first for the club since Russell Cicerone on Aug. 22, 2021 against Atlanta — and only the fourth ever in a road game for the Hounds

Providing assists to Dikwa’s goals included defender Pat Hogan and newcomer, Tola Showunmi.

Memphis’ Bruno Lapa responded two minutes after Dikwa’s goal in the 5th minute, to level the match.

However, the Hounds took the lead following a penalty in the box when 901 FC’s Graham Smith reached his arm out on a Dani Rovira cross.  Dikwa took it from there, giving the Hounds a 2-1 lead in the 39th minute.

Dikwa added his final goal in the 71st minute, after Showunmi, who just entered the match, delivered a thru ball from the right side, that caught Dikwa behind the last defender and in stride.

The Hounds were dangerous on the break throughout the match, and they outshot Memphis 9-8 despite only having 36 percent of possession away from home. With the win, the Hounds move atop the Eastern Conference standings as they improve to 1-0-1 (4 points) early in the season.

What’s next?

The Hounds will play their 2023 home opener this Friday, March 24, when they host Miami FC at 7 p.m. at Highmark Stadium. Miami FC drew 1-1 in their season opener against FC Tulsa last Saturday and were scheduled to play later today against New Mexico United.

Riverhounds SC lineup (4-2-3-1) — Jahamli Waite; Nate Dossantos (Luke Biasi 63’), Pat Hogan, Arturo Ordóñez, Dani Rovira; Junior Etou, Kenardo Forbes (Joe Farrell 75’); Marc Ybarra, Albert Dikwa, Robbie Mertz (Burke Fahling 75’); Edward Kizza (Tola Showunmi 63’)

Memphis 901 FC lineup (4-3-3) — Drew Romig; Akeem Ward, Graham Smith, Jelani Peters, Rashawn Dally (Luiz Fernando 73’); Aaron Molloy, Lucas Turci (Carson Vom Steeg 73’), Bruno Lapa (Nighte Pickering 87’); Dylan Borczak, Jeremy Kelly, Phillip Goodrum

Scoring summary

PIT — Albert Dikwa 5’ (Pat Hogan)
MEM — Bruno Lapa 7’ (Dylan Borczak)
PIT — Albert Dikwa 39’ (penalty)
PIT — Albert Dikwa 71’ (Tola Showunmi)

Discipline summary

MEM — Bruno Lapa 38’ (caution – dissent)
MEM — Akeem Ward 49’ (caution – tactical foul)
PIT — Luke Biasi 64’ (caution – delaying restart)
MEM — Graham Smith 65’ (caution – tactical foul)
MEM — Lucas Turci 69’ (caution – reckless foul)
PIT — Marc Ybarra 80’ (caution – reckless foul)

Match Day Updates 


84” — Marc Ybarra picked up a yellow card on the foul that led to that big save by Jahmali. He’s the second player booked for the Hounds.

76′ – Third and fourth Hounds changes of the match. IN: Burke Fahling, Joe Farrell OUT: Robbie Mertz, Kenardo Forbes

71′ — GOAL — RIVERHOUNDS (3-1)

Albert Dikwa with the Hat Trick!

Tola Showunmi delivers the terrific through ball through the exposed Memphis back line.

69′ – Dikwa goes down in a heap after the Hounds win possession, and Lucas Turci sees yellow for Memphis.

64′ – Luke Biasi shown a card moments after coming into the game after kicking the ball away following an offside call.


IN:  Luke Biasi, Tola Showunmi

OUT:  Dossantos, Kizza


51′ – Waite fires off his line to pluck the ball just in front of the feet of Lapa, who was played in on a clever ball by Goodrum.

49′ – Akeem Ward is the second Memphis defender to see a yellow card after a tactical foul committed against Kizza.




39′ — GOAL – RIVERHOUNDS (2-1) – Albert Dikwa with the penalty kick finish and the brace.

38′ — HANDBALL IN BOX ON MEMPHIS — Hounds awarded PK

Graham Smith reaches his arm out on the Rovira cross, and the referee points right to the spot. Yellow card out.

36′ – Dikwa gets checked out after catching a high elbow earlier. He’ll be fine, but he makes his case heard as the Hounds maintain possession.

21′ – Mertz tries the half-volley with his left after a cross slides through, but he can’t keep the effort down.

19′ – Kizza flicks the ball across goal from a Mertz corner, but no one home at the back post to finish. Robbie’s right peg is serving in some good ones so far.


Bruno Lapa with the goal.

Starting Lineups




Recent PSN Riverhounds SC Coverage 

Preview & Scouting Report: Talented Memphis look to regain its 2022 form against the Hounds

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