Post-match reaction and photo gallery: Riverhounds SC edge Hartford Athletic, 2-1 in home opener

Photo courtesy of Mark Goodman

Riverhounds SC edged Hartford Athletic 2-1 in their home opener on Saturday night at Highmark Stadium in front of 2,776 fans.

FINAL: Riverhounds SC 2, Hartford Athletic 1

It was the club’s 10th home opener at Highmark Stadium, and for only the second time in the club’s 23-year history they have started a season with two straight wins.

Former Pitt Panther Robby Dambrot scored in the 15th minute with a superb finish, using his outside left foot, left side to swing a smart shot past former Riverhound, and now Hartford goalie Austin Pack .

The Hounds conceded the equalizer at Athletic in the 39th minute when Hartford caught the Hounds napping with a quick restart and a ball headed down the left side. It was Juan Carlos Obregón who ran into the box after a ball played by fast winger Prince Saydee, which blew behind the Hounds’ unprepared back line.

For the second game in a row, the Hounds played with a men’s advantage for more than half time, as this time Hartford’s Peter-Lee Vassell was booked for a second yellow card in the 40th minute.

Early in the second half, the Hounds took advantage of the extra space Hartford were conceding, when Dane Kelly drew a few defenders into the box and then handed the ball over to compatriot Kenardo Forbes, The Hounds and the USL championship team. The time assist leader had enough room to fire a 22-yard strike that found the back of the net, to help Pittsburgh regain the lead, 2-1.

Despite winning and starting the season with six points in the bag, Riverhounds SC head coach Bob Lilley kept his players on the pitch for around 15 minutes to highlight some key points before they left field.

“We have a lot to improve. The guys are passing us. … I don’t think we’re connected,” Lilley said during his post-match meeting with the media.

“Let’s recognize that we have a lot of work ahead of us. We will not be satisfied with tonight’s performance.

The Hounds would hold on to the one-goal win with some shaky moments late in the game, defending against a desperate Hartford side who created another dangerous free-kick opportunity in stoppage time.

For more takeaways from Lilley, as well as Dambrot and Forbes from a memorable night at Highmark Stadium, check out the postgame interviews posted below from Pittsburgh Sports Live. Additionally, the Pittsburgh Soccer Now coverage team, including John Krysinsky, Mark Goodman and Jordan Smith, provided post-game reaction on Pittsburgh Sports Live. (See below)

Photo gallery of Mark Asher Goodman

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Postgame reaction on Pittsburgh Sports Live

Twitter reaction

John Krysinsky has covered football and other sports for many years for various publications and media. He is also the author of “Miracle on the Mon” – a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the leading and centered narrative of a remarkable game that helped provide a spark. for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, served as a color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup matches and the International Champions Cup in the United States. . Krysinsky also served as head men’s soccer coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to first winning seasons and first playoff berths (1996-98); Northern Catholic Boys Head Coach (2007-08), Shady Side Academy Boys Associate Head Coach (2009-2014).

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