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Hapless Hounds winless in seven after loss to Louisville

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FINAL: Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0-1 Louisville City FC

Box Score / USL Championship Match Center 

Riverhounds offensive struggles continue in shutout loss to league-leaders

While the Riverhounds found themselves supported by a strong 5,084 in attendance on a hot, midweek evening, the men on the field couldn’t provide the entertainment, as they found themselves shut out by Louisville City FC and saw their winless streak extended to seven games in the league on Wednesday night.

The first half started strongly for Louisville, generating their first look of the night within ten minutes. A nice bit of possession lead to a shot from the left side of net just inside the box, but it sailed comfortably over and beyond Jacob Randolph in net.

After the ensuing goal kick, the Hounds faced another dangerous moment, this time of their own making. Some interplay between the centerbacks and Randolph led to a hurried, poor clearance from the Hounds keeper, straight to a Louisville attacker. The following shot on target was fortunately shot straight into Randolph’s waiting arms.

Louisville would continue to mount pressure on the Hounds goal, forcing a yellow card out of Luke Biasi in defense before generating another chance. This time it was a long throw from the left sideline that somehow came down in the box and bounced over everyone. Thankfully for the Hounds, the ensuing header from mere feet away was directed straight at Randolph, preventing the opener.

The Hounds would, however, be less lucky on the injury front, as central defender Pat Hogan went down hard following a Hound-on-Hound collision with teammate Junior Etou. After being taken off by medical staff holding his head, Hogan was subbed off near the half-hour mark with Pierre Cayet coming in as his replacement.

After another few Louisville half-chances, the Hounds turned things around to close out the first 45 minutes. In addition to forcing a pair of yellow cards issued to former Hound Arturo Ordonez and Louisville head coach Danny Cruz, the Hounds generated their best chance of the half from the foot of Danny Griffin, who uncorked a curling effort that went mere inches over the crossbar.

Ultimately, neither side was able to find the breakthrough, despite chances for both. The teams entered the break at 0-0 with the Hounds down the centerpiece of their defensive three.

The score would not remain level for long as the second half got underway, however, as the visitors were quickly able to find an opener. Following some progressive play towards the top of the Hounds box, a Hounds tackle left a loose ball just at the top of the 18, where Jansen Wilson was able to run onto it for a first-time effort that found the lower-right corner beyond Randolph’s reach to give Louisville a 1-0 lead just four minutes into the half.

The Hounds attempted to answer back immediately, with a very strong run from newcomer Enoch Mushagalusa through the heart of the Louisville midfield and defense. He was able to take it all the way to the Louisville box, where his right-footed effort went high, just a few feet from equalizing.

Things would unfortunately go further south for the Hounds as the half progressed. Just beyond the 75th minute mark, Luke Biasi was whistled for a professional foul in defense and received his second yellow of the evening and was sent off, leaving the Hounds with ten men for the remainder of the evening.

The Hounds mustered some late action in a desperate attempt to equalize. A brilliant ball from Bradley Sample freed up Junior Etou into the box and on-goal, but Etou’s effort was saved by an oncoming Damian Las, quick off his line.

The final effort of the evening went Louisville’s way, as a dangerous free kick was taken on-target, beating everybody but thankfully clanging off the right upright. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t matter for the Hounds, who were unable to find an equalizer in the remaining time.

The Hounds drop another league match, making it seven without a win, and 10 matches this year without a goal out of 16 total. They’ll come back to action on the road this Saturday against North Carolina FC.

Match Events

Pittsburgh Riverhounds Starting XI: Danny Griffin (c), Pat Hogan, Dani Rovira, Sean Suber, Junior Etou, Emmanuel Johnson, Kenardo Forbes, Luke Biasi, Bradley Sample, Jacob Randolph (GK), Enoch Mushagalusa

Riverhounds Subs: Eric Dick, Langston Blackstock, Robbie Mertz, Edward Kizza, Illal Osumanu, Pierre Cayet, Kazaiah Sterling, Pablo Linzoain

Louisville City FC Starting XI: Kyle Adams (c), Jake Morris, Arturo Ordonez, Wes Charpie, Wilson Harris, Taylor Davila, Damian Las (GK), Jorge Gonzalez, Elijah Wynder, Tola Showunmi, Jansen Wilson

Louisville Subs: Aiden McFadden, Sean Totsch, Niall McCabe, Amadou Dia, Sam Gleadle, Dylan Mares, Ryan Troutman

Key moments: 

0′ – The players take to the field. Hounds in their home black, Louisville in the road whites. And we are underway at Highmark Stadium!

7′ – First real chance of the evening, as Louisville gets a shot off from the left-side of goal, but it sails well over the crossbar.

8′ – Nearly a disaster as Jacob Randolph turns the ball over under pressure, but he recovers nicely and saves the ensuing shot on-target. Not a comfortable start in goal.

17′ – Luke Biasi earns the first yellow card of the evening, after an errant backpass forces him to stop a dangerous potential Louisville counter.

21′ – A long-throw into the box from Louisville and it bounces to the head of a Louisville attacker, who very luckily heads it straight at Randolph. Anywhere else, and that’s likely the opener.

34′ – A pair of Hounds players down after a collision, Hogan and Etou, slightly extending our water break here.

38′ – Unfortunately, Hogan’s injury will end his night, as he subs out and Pierre Cayet enters the match.

41′ – Louisville free kick centrally, about 30 yards out, is taken low and slow and makes an easy save for Randolph in goal.

43′ – Another shot on-target for Louisville, but again thankfully straight at Randolph in net. Pressure continues to mount at the end of this first half.

45′ – A yellow card issued to Louisville City’s head coach Danny Cruz for dissent.

45′ – The best chance of the half for the Hounds as Danny Griffin uncorks an effort from the top of the box that goes mere inches over the crossbar!

45′ – A foul and another yellow for Louisville, issued to former Hound Arturo Ordonez.

Halftime – Riverhounds 0-0 Louisville

46′ – Back underway for the second half.

49′ – Goal, Louisville. Jansen Wilson opens the scoring, running onto a loose ball just outside of the Riverhounds box and ripping an effort into the lower-right corner. Nothing Randolph could do to stop that one, 1-0 lead for the visitors.

52′ – A great run from the newcomer Enoch Mushagalusa through the heart of the Louisville midfield enables him to take an effort towards goal that sails just high.

66′ – Wilson Harris receives a yellow for Louisville after contacting the referee. Extremely lucky he didn’t get a red for that one.

66′ – Subs for both teams: Louisville takes Harris off for Gleadle. Pittsburgh takes off Forbes, Mushagalusa, and Johnson, and bring on Mertz, Kizza, and Sterling.

70′ – A yellow card given out to the Hounds this time, as Junior Etou picks one up for a bad foul. Game is getting a bit spicy.

77′ – Wheels coming off here, Luke Biasi receives his second yellow and his marching orders. Hounds down to 10 for the rest of the night

77′ – Louisville follows up with a substitution: Off comes Wilson and on comes Aiden McFadden.

79′ – And yet, a chance for the Hounds, as Sample plays Etou on goal, but Las is quick off his line to save the effort.

85′ – A brilliant free kick from Louisville beats everyone, including Randolph, and very luckily clangs off the post to prevent the second goal.

86′ – Subs from Louisville: Off are Ordonez, Showunmi, and Gonzalez. On come Totsch, Serrano, and McCabe.

90′ – Subs from the Hounds: Off come Rovira and Etou, on come Blackstock and Linzoain.

90′ – Sub from Louisville: Morris off, Dia on.

Fulltime – Riverhounds 0-1 Louisville

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