Photo Courtesy Matt Wittmeyer
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Neco Brett and Kevin Kerr each found the back of the net as the Bob Lilley-led Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC extended its league-leading unbeaten streak to seven matches with a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC II on Saturday at Marina Auto Stadium. Brett opened the scoring in the 12th minute, notching his team-leading fifth goal of the season when a ball played back from the end line by Kevin Kerr found its way to his foot and enabled him to slot his shot into the far corner. In the 36th minute, Brett returned the favor when his first-time ball found a streaking Kerr at the top of the box and the veteran found the bottom right for his first goal of the 2018 campaign. The Hounds would need no more insurance as a stoppage-time strike from substitute Shaan Hundal proved too little, too late for the hosts. Pittsburgh improved to 4-0-3 (15pts) overall while Toronto fell to 0-5-2 (2pts) in the first of four games to be hosted at Rochester’s recently renamed Marina Auto Stadium this season.
12’ – PGH – Neco Brett
36’ – PGH – Kevin Kerr (Neco Brett)
90+1’ – TOR – Shaan Hundal (Mariano Miño)
Three Things That Matter:
1. One of the premier defensive sides in the league, Pittsburgh has now allowed just three goals in seven matches under head coach Bob Lilley, who is in his first season in the Steel City. The Hounds fell just short of their sixth shutout of the season, and their second against Toronto after securing a 4-0 home win on April 7, despite limiting TFCII to just three shots on target.
2. After being limited to just seven appearances with Portland Timbers 2 in 2017, Neco Brett has exploded onto the scene in Pittsburgh, accounting for five of the team’s 10 goals through seven matches. The Jamaican earned 22 starts for Portland in 2016 and now owns 12 goals in his USL career.
3. Laurent Guyot’s Toronto side continued to struggle offensively as Hundal’s stoppage time strike marked just the team’s third goal in seven matches this season. TFC has allowed their opponent to score first in five of seven outings to this point of the season and has played from in front for only 53 of a possible 630 minutes, 51 of which came in a season-opening loss to New York Red Bulls II.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match
Neco Brett, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC – Brett continued to lead from the front for Pittsburgh, notching the opening goal and assisting on the game-winner. The 26-year-old has now directly factored into seven of the team’s 10 goals on the season.
Toronto FC II vs. Penn FC – May 9, 11 a.m. ET, BMO Field
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC vs. Indy Eleven – May 11, 7 p.m. ET, Highmark Stadium