Thursday, November 12, 2015
Not a single game during the 2015 USL season lit as many fireworks as the Pittsburgh Riverhounds’ May 30 match against Keystone Derby rivals the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Pittsburgh scored a whopping three goals in stoppage time, capped off by Kevin Kerr’s winner, as the Riverhounds pulled off an inevitable comeback for a 6-5 victory.
Before all the late drama, Harrisburg was in complete control during this clash at the Hounds’ Highmark Stadium. The City Islanders’ Yann Ekra, Danny DiPrima and Jose Barril each scored a goal within a 10-minute span to head into halftime with what looked to be a safe 3-0 cushion.
Things got interesting after that.
Rob Vincent and Amara Soumah scored back-to-back goals for Pittsburgh to cut Harrisburg’s lead to 3-2. The momentum appeared to shift in the hosts’ favor, but throughout the second half the Islanders found a way to answer the Riverhounds’ comeback attempt.
Just four minutes after Soumah’s 52nd-minute score, Jason Plumhoff pushed the Harrisburg lead back to two goals.
Pittsburgh again cut the deficit to one in the 81st minute on a Danny Earls score, only to have Harrisburg’s Garret Pettis respond to make it 5-3 for the visiting side.
The stoppage time clock hit with that same score line. The Islanders were well on their way to a big road victory.
Then Pittsburgh went ballistic in the offensive third.
Earls scored his second goal of the match, unassisted, to make it 5-4. Vincent then scored his second goal of the match for the equalizer, a 23-yard bomb that was driven inside the upper right corner of the frame.
A draw and point appeared to be a more than reputable result for Pittsburgh at that stage, but Kerr gave the Hounds faithful something to remember for many years to come. Shortly after a throw-in from the left side, Kerr played a give-and-go with Lebo Moloto, whose pass found Kerr to the left of the six-yard area. He slotted low toward the right of the net for the winner.
When his shot hit the netting, Kerr took off his shirt, waved it like a propeller as he ran toward the corner flag and the uproar at Highmark reached peak decibel level.
The highest-scoring game in USL history went to the Riverhounds, who etched their names into the record books with one of the most remarkable comebacks the league has seen.