Hounds Pull One Out of 'Ass

Posted by espo On 9:58 AM

The Riverhounds shut down and shutout Western Ass this past Saturday night on the road. The Hounds now have six road points this season coming off one win and three draws. This is a vast improvement over last season's campaign where we struggled away from home. After this weekend's match up in Edinboro, the Riverhounds head to Bermuda for the double and then travel to Maryland and Harrisburg before hosting the last five contests of 2009 at the Valley. Success on the road will help the squad qualify for postseason play.

Match report courtesy of Jason Kutney:

We came out strong from the get-go and absolutely took it
to Western Mass from the start. The rain increased as the game went along, but we clearly controlled the possession and attempts at goal. In the first half, we had some nice chances created from the wings (Tommy Gray and myself) and Tony, Justin, and Niko stepped up to join in. Randolphe Jerome played well.

Tommy, Jerome, and I were fouled quite often. All in all, the ref did a good job of keeping the play alive and only calling the definite fouls. The second half saw harder rain and the wet field helped Western Mass a bit, as some of the passes that could've led to opportunities for us were just a bit too fast or skipped over a foot. Sean Cameron stepped on as a sub in the second half, with about 15 mins to go and nearly scored to take the lead.

He made a streaking run and took the ball perfectly from a Tommy
Gray pass and nearly converted, but the keeper came up big. All in all, the weather conditions didn't help, but we should've come away with a win. We played very well, moving the ball much better than last week, but certainly having an opportunity to rest up helped! The lineup for the start of the game was consistent from our recent matches, but T-Bone was not fit to play so Cody Bragg replaced him in the middle next to Salsi and played well.

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