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Riverhounds defeat Tampa Bay, 1-0; Post Match Interviews with Bob Lilley, Albert Dikwa plus Twitter Reaction

Photo courtesy John Krysinsky

Riverhounds SC Post Match Coverage on Pittsburgh Soccer Now is presented by The Bulldog Pub

The Riverhounds SC reverted to a familiar formula for success, scoring early, then locking down the Tampa Bay Rowdies with a masterful defensive performance in a 1-0 win before another sellout crowd of 5,490 fans at Highmark Stadium on Saturday night.

Riverhounds return to familiar formula to top Tampa Bay, 1-0, to build on first place lead

With the win, Pittsburgh (12-4-8 | W-L-D, 44 points) further solidified its grip on first place in the USL Championship’s Eastern Conference standings, moving six points clear of the third place Rowdies, and five points ahead of second place Charleston (39 points).

“It was important, against a dangerous, attacking team like Tampa, to get the early goal and shutout. The guys responded well,” Riverhounds Head Coach Bob Lilley said.

“It was a better overall performance than some of the recent ones.  I would have liked to seen us go after it more after the first goal, but overall it’s a great result.”

Riverhounds Head Coach Bob LIlley goes over tactics with his players during a break in the action on Saturday. Photo by John Krysinsky

After the previous three matches, which the Hounds fell behind by two goals in the first half, it was satisfying for them to turn the tables, and come out with an early goal.

“The last five games, the start hasn’t been good, and that’s something we needed to fix,” Dikwa said.

“We did that today, but something we can control is to keep attacking because I feel like after we score, we sit back a little bit. That’s something we have to improve.”

Post Match Interviews with Forward Albert Dikwa and Head Coach Bob Lilley 


#PITvTBR Twitter Reaction 



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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