Riverhounds win third straight to keep pace in USL Eastern Conference standings

August 23, 2018 GMT

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer club won its third straight match Sunday at Bethlehem Steel FC as it solidified its position in the United Soccer League’s Eastern Conference standings.

The 2-1 victory put the Hounds at 12-3-7 overall, and their 43 points keeps them in a tie for second place with the Charleston Battery.

FC Cincinnati still is on top with 48 points. It defeated Penn FC 1-0 Sunday to up its record to 14-3-6. It is 4-0-1 in its past five games.

Neco Brett continued his hot play on the pitch for Pittsburgh with a pair of goals Sunday. The second one came in the 79th minute and broke a 1-1 tie.

Brett now has 13 goals on the season. It was his fourth multi-goal game of the 2018 campaign, and he also has a team-leading 29 points.

Christiano Francois set up Brett’s game winner. Midfielder Kenardo Forbes delivered the ball to Brett for his first goal in the 35th minute.

Pittsburgh held a 9-0 shot advantage in the first half. Bethlehem’s first shot came in the 52nd minute but it resulted in a goal that tied the game 1-1.

Riverhounds goalkeeper Dan Lynd, making his 19th start of the season, left the game in the 74th minute after a collision when he came off his line to make a save.

Mike Kirk took over in net and didn’t face a shot as the Hounds protected their advantage down the stretch.

With 12 regular-season games left, Pittsburgh returns to action Saturday at Highmark Stadium against the Charlotte Independence (7-9-7, 28 points). Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

It will be First Responders Night, in addition to Cardiac Care Night. All active and retired first responders will receive a free ticket, and their guests can purchase discounted tickets to the match.