By Rachael McKriger
A hard-fought, intense and even match between the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC and Charleston Battery ended in a scoreless draw on Saturday.
A total of 2,862 fans showed up at MUSC Health Stadium for the even match.
The possession scaled tilted slightly in the favor of the Charleston Battery. The Battery earned a slim 50.2 percent of possession over Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh did take more shots, though. In total, the Riverhounds SC attempted five shots, while Charleston only booted three shots. For both sides, one shot registered on goal. Needless to say, Dan Lynd, Riverhounds SC goalkeeper, and Joe Kuzminsky, Charleston goalkeeper, had a long, restless night of waiting.
After the match, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC Head Coach Bob Lilley said his squad held their own in a “difficult place to play.”
“They don’t drop points here very often,” Lilley said. “I think it was a game they were desperate to have and I think we got a very good Charleston team tonight.” Lilley elected to bring defender Joe Greenspan back into the starting lineup. Greenspan had made his Riverhounds SC debut last weekend against the New York Red Bulls II, coming into the match as a substitute. Lilley put him on defense with Tobi Adewole, Jordan Dover and Hugh Roberts.
Roberts had three interceptions and five clearances.
Meanwhile, in the midfield, Thomas Vancaeyezeele has kept his streak alive of active minutes. Currently, he is the only Riverhound to have featured in all competitive minutes this season, totaling 1,260 minutes. Making his debut in the midfield was Mouhamed Dabo, who entered in the 69th minute to relieve Christiano François of his duties.
A quick mid-week match on the road has Pittsburgh traveling to Louisville Slugger Field to take on Louisville City FC. The match will begin at 7 p.m.
Rachael McKriger is a sports journalist covering the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC for the Pittsburgh Sports Castle. She also covers Sounders FC and the National Women’s Soccer League for the Last Word On Soccer. She is a contributor to the Women’s Premier Soccer League website and the owner of McKriger Photography.