By: Matthew Kruth, The Burgh Blog Writer
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds opened the 2016 season with a loss at Highmark Stadium against the Rochester Rhinos Saturday evening by a score of 0-1. The first half was one that the home team would like to forget as the Rhinos dominated every aspect of play. The lone goal was scored by the Rhino’s Christian Volesky just seven minutes into the game.
Riverhounds head coach, Mark Steffens, and captain, Kevin Kerr, attributed the poor start to the team’s nerves in regards to Opening Night, as well as the difficult conditions for tonight’s game.
The Riverhounds vastly improved upon their first half performance when they emerged from halftime. The Hounds had multiple scoring chances against Rhino’s keeper Adam Grinwis. Pittsburgh was unable to find the back of the net however, and no goals were scored the rest of the way.
The Hounds best chance of the game came at the 55′ mark. Midfielder, Drew Russell delivered a ball to Kevin Kerr just inside the goal area. Kerr headed the ball just wide and off the opposite post.
Weather was a factor in Saturday’s match. Blustering wind as well as rain and even snow made conditions for the game far from ideal.
The Riverhounds are back in action on Saturday, as the play host to their interstate rivals, the Harrisburg City Islanders at 7pm. The Keystone Derby will be the first win for one of the two teams, as Harrisburg comes into the game with an 0-2 record, losing Saturday to Charlotte. The Burgh Blog will have more coverage on the upcoming match later in the week.