The Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer club extended its unbeaten streak to 10 in a row with back-to-back victories over the weekend. The Hounds have gone 5-0-5 since since the beginning of May and have climbed into eighth place in the USL PRO standings, which is also the final playoff berth.
On Friday night in Harrisburg, the City Islanders (9-4-1) held a two-goal halftime lead, but the Riverhounds scored four second-half goals, including a pair by striker Jose Angulo, to win the match 4-3. The other two goals were scored by forwards Darren Amoo and Michael Seth. Goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap had three saves on the night. The Hounds outshot the City Islanders 10-8.
It was hot on Sunday afternoon as the Hounds unleashed two goals in each half, to take down the Antigua Barracuda FC (0-15-0) 4-1 in front of 3,121 at Highmark Stadium. Amoo led the barrage with a goal in each half, while midfielder Rob Vincent got his first goal of the season and Angulo netted his third goal of the weekend. Pittsburgh outshot Antigua 13-5 during the match.
Angulo is now second in USL PRO in total points with 23 in 13 games, behind only Dominic Dwyer of Orlando City, who has 31 points in 13 games. Amoo is now second on the Riverhounds in goals scored with three while Angulo is the team leader with 10 goals.
Sunday’s match began with a 99-second moment of silence for team founder Paul Heasley, who passed away on June 15. The Riverhounds’ first season was in 1999.
On Thursday, July 4, the Riverhounds (5-4-6 overall) will be back in action in Station Square at 7 p.m., as they host the Charlotte Eagles (5-2-6). The Eagles shutout the Hounds 2-0 when the two teams met April 26 in Charlotte.
The Los Angeles Blues (5-6-5) will visit Highmark Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. The Blues and the Hounds fought to a 0-0 draw back on May 5 in L.A.
On Tuesday, Riverhounds forward Angulo was named Player of the Week on the USL PRO Team of the Week. He extended his scoring streak to five games. Angulo was joined on the Team of the Week by teammate Amoo, who also had three goals in two games for the Hounds over the weekend.
Pittsburgh’s Matt Dahlman and Vincent were on the honorable-mention list for the USL PRO team of the week for Week 14.
Last Friday, Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney was named the 2013 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh. He was one of 27 overall finalists from the Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia region. Kutney won in the category of Community and Economic Development for his work with the Riverhounds, Highmark Stadium and the Greentree SportsPlex.
Kutney will travel to Palm Springs, Calif. in November to compete against all other regional winners for the chance to win Ernst and Young’s 2013 United States Entrepreneur of the Year award.