Photo courtesy Jessica Hendricks / Pittsburgh Riverhounds
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Stephen Okai found an equalizer for the Riverhounds late to match a strike from Raul Gonzalez as Pittsburgh and the Kickers finish level. Richmond was aggressive early with a corner kick opportunity in the 16th minute. Sunny Jane sent in a ball for Oscar Umar, but his header was just wide of the near post. Pittsburgh came back 11 minutes late with a well-placed pass from Kevin Kerr that found Corey Hertzog, but his touch was redirected high of the net. Late in the first half, Richmond’s Raul Gonzalez launched a powerful strike to the side of the net but his attempt was saved cleanly by a diving Trey Mitchell. In the 52nd minute, Richmond earned a free kick just outside the box, but Sunny Jane’s lofted try was caught easily by Pittsburgh keeper Trey Mitchell. Cheavughn Walsh had a close-range header attempt off a beautiful cross from Kevin Kerr which was thwarted by Richmond keeper Matt Turner. Yudai Imura set up the opening tally of the game with a run into the attacking third and a quick dump off to Raul Gonzalez, whose right-footed curler found its way over Mitchell and into the back corner of the net. Sub Romeo Parkes sent in a cheeky pass on a free kick at 79’ that found Corey Hertzog, who was unfortunately offsides in the box. After being on the attack throughout the second half, Stephen Okai found the equalizer in the 82nd minute. Despite Richmond playing defensively, the Riverhounds midfielder carved out space in the penalty area where he was found by Victor Souto and Okai got a fierce strike into the back of the net. The Kickers are now 3-11-8 on the season while Pittsburgh moves to 5-8-9.
65’ – RIC – Raul Gonzalez (Yudai Imura)
82’ – PGH – Stephen Okai (Victor Souto)
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Victor Souto, Pittsburgh Riverhounds – The Pittsburgh midfielder came in as a sub in the 68th minute, ignited multiple attacking opportunities and made a beautiful pass to pull the game even.
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