After honoring the World Cup and a lightning delay that pushed the game from Tuesday to Wednesday, the Dayton Dutch Lions hosted the Pittsburgh Riverhounds at DOC Stadium. This was a game that both teams desperately needed to win to secure a coveted berth into the post-season.
It didn’t take long for Dayton’s offense to start when Aaron Schoenfeld headed home off a corner in the 3rd minute. The Dutch Lions had a handful of corners as a result of some strong defensive tackles by Andrew Marshall, Mike Green and Anthony Obodai.
The Riverhounds offense had some strong moments in the first half. Kevin Kerr took a shot in the 13th minute that was just wide of the net followed by Joseph Ngwenya who hit the right goalpost and bounced into Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams’ hands in the 39th minute.
The second half started off very well, not only for Pittsburgh, but also for Mike Green. Ngwenya played a penetrating pass through Dayton’s defensive line to Green who was able to take a shot past Williams for the 1-1 equalizer in the 46th minute.
Less than ten minutes later, Green received another great pass, this time from Danny Earls, which sprung him past Dayton for his second goal of the game. The score was then to 2-1 in favor of the Riverhounds.
For the remainder of the game, the Riverhounds defense held Dayton. Green moved back into more of a defensive role, and goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap made some impressive saves to contribute to a very important win.
With the Riverhounds win over Dayton, neither team advances up the USL PRO table, but Pittsburgh can create their first winning streak of the season this Friday as the team faces the Rochester Rhinos at Highmark Stadium on July 4th.
Game report courtesy of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds