From Pittsburgh Riverhounds / USL Reports
Rob Vincent’s penalty kick in first-half stoppage time was the difference in a game of few chances between the two highest scoring teams in the league. Vincent’s strike brought him level with Louisville forward Matt Fondy as the Eastern Conference’s leading scorers with 18 goals apiece.
Moloto prompted the Hounds’ best looks early in the game. An excellent pass by the South African playmaker forced the penalty kick that allowed the Hounds to jump ahead in first-half stoppage time. His perfectly weighted ball between Louisville’s back line found Zivanovic streaking into the 18-yard box as right-back Bryan Burke tried to recover his position. Burke bundled the Serbian midfielder to the ground and Vincent dispatched his kick inside Goodwin’s left post.
Moloto’s ability to carve open a defense shone through again on 59 minutes when he slotted a great pass behind Louisville’s defense to put Green through on Goodwin.
The Hounds frontman saw his initial shot blocked before turning to set up Moloto to seemingly double the Hounds’ lead. Green was clearly outside the penalty box when Moloto’s initial pass was released while three City defenders were stationed on the other side of the 18-yard line. Referee Marco Antonio Vega disallowed the goal on the advice of his assistant.
The hosts soon had their own claim for a spot kick when Aodhan Quinn’s shot struck Willie Hunt’s hand with the Hounds defender standing inches outside his penalty box.
Pressure was beginning to build as City head coach James O’Connor changed his lineup to spark a comeback win that would have sealed his side’s playoff berth. Ilic thumped a header off Brown’s crossbar on 68 minutes before Hunt took a boot to the head while bravely blocking the rebound.
Louisville resorted to firing long balls forward as the minutes ticked by. Brown responded with some dominant play to command his penalty area and lock down an impressive shutout against the league’s second-placed team.