Kerr, Riverhounds extend win streak to three
August 27, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger
Kevin Kerr led the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to their third-straight win on Saturday night, at Highmark Stadium.
The Riverhounds hosted the Bethlehem Steel FC, whom they are in a tight race for a USL Eastern Conference playoff spot. The home side claimed victory, 3-2.
The Steel FC currently sit in eighth place with 33 points, while the Riverhounds trail slightly behind – also with 33 points – due to goal differences.
In the match, Kerr had two assists and the game-winning goal. Kerr assisted goals from Corey Hertzog (10’) and Jamal Jack (19’). His goal came unassisted in the 75’ minute.
“I kind of expected it to bounce off the post,” Kerr said, in reference to his goal. “I just gambled and some nights they drop for you. Tonight was a good night.”
The Steel FC had two goals scored by Cory Burke in the 42’ and 71’ minute. Burke’s first goal was on a penalty kick past Riverhounds goalkeeper Matt Perrella, while the second was assisted by Santi Moar.
Before the match even began, Riverhounds head coach Dave Brandt elected to use his same starting lineup, aside from the goalkeeper position. On defense, Ritchie Duffie, Taylor Washington, Jack and Tobi Adewole formed a four-man backline.
The midfield consisted of Kerr, Victor Souto, Stephen Okai and Romeo Parkes. Up top, Hertzog and Chevaughn Walsh partnered up.
“I think the group that has started the past couple games is clicking well together,” Brandt said. “They need to remember how serious we need to be about defending, and that’s not meant to be any kind of a jab – it’s just critically important. I thought we were good in the offensive end tonight.”
“We’ve been playing for a little while now,” Kerr said. “Harrisburg was a massive step forward. Everything kind of clicked in Harrisburg. I feel like we finish games real strong.”
The Riverhounds finished the first half with four yellow cards, going to Hertzog, Jack, Adewole and Walsh.
The Riverhounds will feature on the road this weekend, against FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium. The match is slated for a 4 p.m. kickoff time.