It took some time, but the Hounds were finally able to break a tough winless streak and get a victory last Saturday against Western Mass. The game was a totally domination; the only aspect where the Hounds did not excel was putting the ball in the net. 22 shots on goal resulted in only 2 goals with about 10 that went just wide or just over the crossbar. The game could have easily ended with 7 or 8 tallies. Alas, we had to settle for a beautiful Jean Jerome header off a cross and another PK from Justin Evans. There were a few 'fireworks' for the fans in attendance as Western Mass decided to goon-it-up in the 85th minute. Evans promptly knocked the crap out of 'ole number thirteen; both players being ejected. After the game ended, the Steel Army kept the drums beating while the Hounds thanked the fans in attendance. It was good to get that first win at home.
Zach Varga, who made six saves to preserve the clean sheet, was named to the USL's Second Division Team of the Week along with defender Greg Janicki, who setup the Hound's first tally.
The Hounds are on their way to Richmond for a Saturday night match up. The club will be without Evans and Eddie Hayden as each serve one game bans. Newly signed Hounds' defender Cody Bragg will step into the backline. Ryan Zabinski earned a start on the wing opposite Jason Kutney with Travis MacKenzie dropping back into the midfield to replace Evans. Boyzzz Khumalo, Jerome and Leon Browne will split time at forward.
On top of it all, the Steel Army's own V-Money (Valerie) won the First Annual Riverhounds Chili Cook-off contest that was held before the Western Mass game. Her secret ingredient is rumored to have been imported from Argentina!