Hounds Fall to Louisville in Conference Quarterfinals
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC fell to Louisville City FC, 2-0, in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals tonight at Lynn Family Stadium.
Cameron Lancaster started the scoring in the 17th minute for Louisville, and Corben Bone added another goal in the 86th minute. With the loss, Riverhounds SC has been eliminated from playoff contention. This is the second straight season the Hounds have been eliminated by Louisville (lost to the foe 2-1 in extra time during the 2019 conference semifinals).
"We asked the guys to play on their front-foot, and we did," head coach Bob Lilley said. "I'm proud of how they approached the game. I think we created a number of good moments where we had them compromised defensively. We couldn't quite find the last ball or free ourselves at the right moments. There were two very good teams both having a go.
"We've grown a lot in a short period of time - it's a short season. I look at how we handled the game, and in the second half to push them back and play on our terms, I don't think I could've asked more from the guys. I think if we get the goal to tie it, we definitely had the game in our favor. Short term, it's brutal to lose the game. But when I look at the big picture, we've grown a lot as a group."
The Hounds registered the first shot of the match in the 13th minute, when Robbie Mertz sent a pass to Albert Dikwa in the center of the penalty area. Dikwa sent the ensuing shot toward the bottom-right corner, but it was saved by Louisville goalkeeper Ben Lundt. Steevan Dos Santos sent the rebound toward the bottom-right corner, but missed wide.
Louisville would get on the board in the 17th minute, when Oscar Jimenez sent a cross into the center of the penalty area. Lancaster redirected the ball into the bottom-right corner, giving the opposition a one-goal lead.
Goalkeeper Danny Vitiello made three great saves to keep it a one-goal game. In the 15th minute, Brian Ownby sent a shot toward the bottom-right corner, only to be denied by the Golden Glove award winner. Then in the 25th minute, Lancaster launched a shot from the center of the penalty area toward the bottom-left corner, which Vitiello deflected away.
Louisville had one last chance in the 45'+1, when Bone sent a shot from the center of the penalty area toward the bottom-right corner. Vitiello dove to his left to reject Louisville once again.
Neither club recorded a shot on target for the first 30 minutes of the second half. Although, Louisville had an opportunity in the 72nd minute. Ownby launched a long-range shot from the right wing after Vitiello came off his line, but missed high.
Pittsburgh's best chance came in the 82nd minute, after a Louisville hand ball resulted in a free kick for the Hounds. Kenardo Forbes sent the resulting free kick just high of the crossbar.
Louisville extended its lead in the 86th minute, when Bone sent a shot from outside the penalty box into the center of the goal.
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Kenardo Forbes posted three shots and two key passes in the loss.
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Robbie Mertz tallied a game-high three key passes.
Riverhounds SC - Danny Vitiello; Ryan James, Ray Lee (Anthony Velarde 75'), Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Skylar Thomas (Patrick Bunk-Andersen 63'), Jordan Dover (Mark Forrest 87'); Kenardo Forbes, Robbie Mertz, Danny Griffin; Albert Dikwa, Steevan Dos Santos (Ropapa Mensah 75')
Subs not used: Tomas Gomez, Mark Lindstrom, Dani Rovira
Louisville City FC - Ben Lundt; Oscar Jimenez, Alexis Souahy, Sean Totsch, Pat McMahon; Devon Williams, Antoine Hoppenot (Napo Matsoso 66'), Paolo DelPiccolo (Jimmy Ockford 90'), Corben Bone. Brian Ownby (Jason Johnson 75'); Cameron Lancaster (Luke Spencer 66')
Subs not used: Chris Hubbard, Wes Charpie, Akil Watts
LOU - Cameron Lancaster 17' (Oscar Jimenez)
LOU - Corben Bone 86' (Jason Johnson)
LOU - Alexis Souahy 26' (caution)
LOU - Antoine Hoppenot 29' (caution)
PIT - Skylar Thomas 45' (caution)
LOU - Oscar Jimenez 53' (caution)
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