Hertzog leads Hounds past St. Louis, 1-2

Hertzog leads Hounds past St. Louis, 1-2

August 21, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds continued their unbeaten streak on Saturday night against St. Louis FC.

Corey Hertzog scored two goals, a brace, to bring his season total to nine goals. His first goal, occurring in the 47’ minute, was unassisted. Meanwhile, Hertzog’s game-winning, 73’ minute goal was a penalty kick conversion past Adam Grinwis.

Corey Herzog - Like a boss
Corey Hertzog – Like a boss

St. Louis FC did manage to get on the board first, scoring in the 44’ minute from Seth Rudolph. His goal was assisted by Christian Volesky.

Riverhounds head coach Dave Brandt elected to use the same starting lineup that he used in the Riverhounds 1-3 Keystone Derby Cup victory last weekend.

The lineup included Trey Mitchell in goal, who made two saves, and on his defense were Taylor Washington, Tobi Adewole, Jamal Jack and Ritchie Duffie. In the midfield were Romeo Parkes, Kevin Kerr, Stephen Okai and Victor Souto. Meanwhile, joining Hertzog up top was Chevaughn Walsh.

Of note for the Riverhounds was that defender Ryan Adeleye made his season debut, substituting for Walsh in the 88’ minute. Adeleye had been dealing with lingering injuries for the beginning of the 2017 campaign.

Prior to the Keystone Derby Cup, the Riverhounds started off August with a 1-1 draw at home to the Richmond Kickers.

Currently, the Riverhounds now sit in 10th place in the USL Eastern Conference, holding on tight to 30 points. The eighth place team, who sit in the last playoff spot, is the New York Red Bulls II, who only have 31 points.

Also with 31 points, and sitting in ninth place, is FC Cincinnati.

Back to the St. Louis match, the Riverhounds were shown five yellow cards, while the home side was only shown three. The Riverhounds recipients were Tobi Adewole, Victor Souto, Trey Mitchell, Jamal Jack and Hertzog.

As for St. Louis FC, their yellow cards went to Grinwis, Volesky and Tony Walls.

The Riverhounds will face current sixth-place Eastern Conference team, the Bethlehem Steel FC, on Saturday. Bethlehem sits in sixth with a total of 33 points.

The match will be held at Highmark Stadium, with kick off slated for 7 p.m.


Mike Sparks

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