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Riverhounds pummeled in Charleston, 3-1, for first league loss since April

FINAL: Charleston 3, Pittsburgh 0 

Match Stats

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds were handed their first defeat in league play since April, as longtime rival Charleston Battery came out firing on all cylinders en route to a 3-1 victory at Patriots Point on Saturday night.

The Battery scored twice in the first half, with goals coming from Juan Sebastian Palma and Augustine Williams, then scored again early in the 2nd half, as Roberto Avila added another. Pittsburgh responded in the 72nd minute, when former Battery player DZ Harmon finished on his chance from a nice pass from Langston Blackstock.

The result saw the end of the Hounds’ 13 match unbeaten streak in league play, and the three goals surrendered put a dent in their impressive defensive play as entering the match, they surrendered just one goal in the last nine league matches.

Charleston got their scoring barrage going in the 11th minute, converting a corner with a nice redirected header from Sebastian Palma.

Though 25 minutes, Pittsburgh already allowed six shots, four on frame — keeping Jahmali Waite busy.

At that point, they had not registered a shot, until they nearly scored when Marc Ybarra’s header was saved by GK Trey Muse.

After play really opened up for the remainder of the first half, Pittsburgh couldn’t finish on some solid chances, including one from Danny Griffin in the 38th minute.

Charleston doubled the lead in first half stoppage time, catching the Hounds defenders off guard hoping for an off side call, but Augustine Williams was happy to find the an unchallenged chance too put his chance in the back of the net.

The Battery kept the assault coming, as Roberto Avila skirted around Waite for the the 3-0 lead.

The Hounds kept pushing, and eventually pulled one back in the 70th minute, when DZ Harmon came into the box for a hard, one-time strike off a feed from Langston Blackstock’s cut-back cross from the right side.  Ybarra initiated the play with a direct ball from midfield that found the foot of Blackstock.

Look for more details to follow in this match report.

Match Notes

  • The season series ends 1-1, and with an aggregate scoreline of 3-3, meaning that Pittsburgh reclaims the Old Guard Shield, thanks to Harmon’s goal — the only road goal in the series between the clubs.

  • The Hounds have only surrendered three goals this season in US Open loss at Cincinnati.
  • This was Kenardo Forbes’ 250th start in his USL Championship career.

Starting Lineups for #CHSvPIT 

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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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