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Riverhounds’ unbeaten league run ends at seven in 2-0 loss at Memphis

FINAL: Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0-2 Memphis 901 FC

Box Score / USL Championship Match Center 

Riverhounds unbeaten league run ends at seven as they fall on the road

In a battle between two teams on strong league form, the Riverhounds were unable to keep their streak alive, falling to Memphis 901 FC on the road Saturday night for their first USL Championship loss since March 23rd.

The hosts got off to a flying start, finding the opening goal within the first ten minutes. A long, non-threatening ball from midfield for Memphis was headed away by the Hounds defense, but ultimately fell at the top of the box near several unmarked Memphis defenders. With no pressure forthcoming from the Hounds remaining defenders, Marlon was free to fire a rocket into the lower-left, beating Gabriel Perrotta in net and digging a hole for the Hounds early.

The Hounds got a great chance to equalize quickly, however, as five minutes later a Pat Hogan header would be directed towards goal, but was cleared off the line at the last possible moment by Memphis. Later, around the half-hour mark, a free kick set up a dangerous chance for the visitors. With the kick taken to the back post, Pat Hogan found it with his head and attempted to steer it back across goal, where it deflected off a Memphis defender and rang off the post.

Neither side was ultimately able to find a goal for the remainder of the half, though both could claim they rightfully deserved at least one. Memphis would pick up two crucial yellow cards in defense as Jimenez and Cissoko were booked, and would also use two substitutions late in the half.

Unfortunately for the Hounds, the second half started much like the first, with Memphis causing dangerous transitions and flying forward with haste. That would pay off near instantaneously, as a midfield turnover left Langston Blackstock out of position. As a result, Oscar Jimenez was free and clear on the right wing and a cross found his feet. His tight angle shot seemed impossible, but got past Perrotta along his near post and found the back of the net to double Memphis’ lead.

The Hounds would get a chance to respond shortly thereafter, with Junior Etou causing problems on the left wing as is his habit. His attempt from inside the box was deflected by a Memphis defender, but fell to Danny Griffin outside the 18. Griffin would rip a hard shot towards goal, but it too was bounced away off a defender and ultimately cleared away.

Ten minutes later, just past the hour mark, Perrotta again would be called into action. This time, Memphis found Zac Duncan alone at the top of the Hounds’ box. With the rest of his defense slow to close Duncan down, Perrotta was forced to make a diving save to his left to prevent a third goal from finding the back of the net.

Memphis would generate two more notable chances, both via Pickering. With roughly 10 minutes to play, Pickering would get the better of Perrotta, dribbling beyond the onrushing Hounds keeper, but his shot was altered and slow and was able to be intercepted by Pat Hogan. Pickering would get another chance moments later as he was played in behind the Hounds defense, but the onrushing Perrotta this time was quick enough to break up the chance.

Ultimately, neither team would be able to add to the scoresheet, and the hosts would hold out for a 2-0 win, their first at Autozone Park over the Riverhounds.

Match Events

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Starting XI: Danny Griffin (c), Pat Hogan, Dani Rovira, Sean Suber, Langston Blackstock, Junior Etou, Gabriel Perrotta (GK), Luke Biasi, Bradley Sample, Edward Kizza, Kazaiah Sterling

Riverhounds Subs: Eric Dick, Kenardo Forbes, Robbie Mertz, Nate Dragisich, Babacar Diene, Illal Osumanu, Pierre Cayet

Memphis 901 FC Starting XI: Tyler Deric (GK), Oscar Jimenez, Akeem Ward (c), Abdoulaye Cissoko, Lucas Turci, Emerson Hyndman, Dylan Borczak, Zach Duncan, Samuel Careaga, Luiz Fernando, Marlon

Memphis Subs: Aren Seeger, Carson Vom Steeg, Walid Yacoubou, Leston Paul, Alvaro Quezada, Neo Meza, Nighte Pickering

Key moments: 

0′ – The players take to the field. Hounds in their road yellows, Memphis in the home blues. And we are underway in Tennessee!

7′ – Goal, Memphis. A long ball into the box is headed by a Hounds defender, but multiple Memphis attackers are alone at the top of the box to collect the follow-up and Marlon fires it home with no pressure on him. The Hounds trail early, 0-1.

12′ – Big chance for the Hounds as Hogan gets a header towards goal, but it’s cleared off the line by a Memphis defender!

14′ – A yellow card issued on the foul by Memphis’ Abdoulaye Cissoko. Free kick to the Hounds.

30′ – Nearly an own-goal as the header at the back post by Pat Hogan deflects off a Memphis defender and ricochets off said post!

31′ – And another yellow for Memphis, as this one is picked up for a foul just outside the box by Oscar Jimenez.

42′ – Memphis with two early subs, Nighte Pickering, Carson Vom Steeg in. Dylan Borczak, Samuel Careaga out.

Halftime – Hounds 0-1 Memphis

45′ – Halftime sub for the Hounds: Robbie Mertz in, Dani Rovira off.

47′ – Goal, Memphis. A second early half goal for the hosts, as Jimenez gets on the end of a rapid counter-attack. His effort from inside the box on the right wing is from a tight angle, but Perrotta can’t stop the sharp angle from beating him towards the near post. The Hounds trail 0-2.

56′ – A decent chance there as Junior Etou dances his way up the left-wing and gets a shot off, but it’s deflected. Danny Griffin’s follow-up rocket from the top of the box is also stopped by a Memphis defender.

68′ – Big save from Perrotta there as Duncan had a wide-open look from the top of the box. Again, defense slow to close and leaving Perrotta to do all the work.

79′ – This time the back line bails out Perrotta. The Hounds keeper comes off his line and gets beat by Pickering, but thankfully Hogan was there to intercept the open shot before it could reach goal.

81 ‘ – Another chance for Memphis as Pickering is played in behind, but the onrushing Perrotta takes advantage of a strong touch to break the chance up.

Fulltime – Hounds 0-2 Memphis

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