Riverhounds earn fourth-straight draw against Charleston

Riverhounds earn fourth-straight draw against Charleston

July 28, 2017 | By Rachael McKriger

Mark it down as four straight draws for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

The Hounds let three points slip out of their grasp on Wednesday night against the Charleston Battery. It was the Riverhounds return to Highmark Stadium after three matches on the road.

All three matches on the road produced draws this month. In the beginning of July, the Riverhounds suffered a Fourth of July loss against the Charlotte Independence.

The club will finish off their July stretch with a trip down to Tampa Bay to face the Rowdies on Saturday.

However, on Wednesday, the Riverhounds found the Battery on the scoreboard first when Miles Robinson – who was drafted in the MLS SuperDraft this year with the No. 2 overall pick by Atlanta United FC – scored the opening tally in the 11’ minute.

Victor Souto didn’t let Charleston have the lead for long. Off a corner kick taken by Romeo Parkes, the ball fell to Souto, who was near the post, and he tapped it in for a 21’ minute goal.

The tally was Souto’s second of the season.

In the 62’ minute, the Riverhounds took the lead, off the foot of Corey Hertzog. The goal was assisted by Parkes, with his second of the night.

“I just saw they weren’t set, so I figured just get it in play,” Hertzog said. “At first I thought of crossing, but then where I was and I looked up to see where the keeper was – I was hoping it was going back post. It was a good heads-up play by me and Romeo.”

“For Corey to get a goal, I think great for him, great for us. I think we penetrated well tonight. That’s important to us,” said Hounds head coach Dave Brandt.

Corey Hertzog
Corey Hertzog

However, the lead fell through in the 84’ minute, when Maikel Chang – off an assist from Ataulla Guerra – scored the equalizer.

After the match, Hertzog talked about the Hounds finishing matches.

“We just need to start putting points together and getting three points consistently,” Hertzog said. “We’re only one point out of the playoffs right now, so if we get two or three of those points together we’re in the playoffs and in a good spot.”

The Riverhounds will face the Rowdies for the second time this season on Saturday. The two faced off on June 22, at Highmark Stadium, with the Riverhounds collecting the 2-0 win.

Kick off for the match on Saturday, which will be held at Al Lang Stadium, is schedule for 7:30 p.m.

Mike Sparks

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