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End Game

Posted by espo On 1:11 PM

This past Saturday the Hounds hosted albino-headed Swineheart and the Charlotte Eagles in a must win contest. It was a dream start for the Hounds when Jeffrey Hughes broke in alone and scored during the first minute of play. The Eagles quickly equalized and then went ahead all before the fifteen minute mark. The Riverhounds pushed ahead creating multiple quality scoring chances but just couldn't find the back of the net. The referees took the game away from the Hounds in the 51st minute after issuing a straight red to midfielder Niko Katic after he had been pulled down by the Eagles Luke Williams. Seconds later, Jason Kutney received a straight red for dissent when assistant referee Brian Miller claimed the ball was "thrown" at his flag. This is the second time this season that the Riverhounds have felt Brian's rage; the first was when we were ripped off in Rochestor during the US Open cup. Down by two men the Hounds pushed forward and created some great chances before Jorge Herra setup Charlotte's third goal, ending our threat and putting the game out of reach.

Even know the scoreline didn't favor Pittsburgh, it was one of the best games we've played at home in two seasons. The offensive attacks were both creative and entertaining. The boys played with heart and determination. Tommy Gray had five good looks on goal and Jeff Hughes again provided multiple, quality crosses. We out shot the Eagles 16-15 and earned seven corners to their five.

This loss officially ends any playoff aspirations. However, with 19 points the boys have already improved over last season's mark and look to add one more to the win column when we host Crystal Palace Baltimore next Saturday night for the season finale.

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