USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Sunday, March 13, 2016
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds conceded two first-half goal as the University of Michigan earned a 2-1 victory at Highmark Stadium in a preseason exhibition on Sunday afternoon as part of the Riverhounds’ FanFest.
The Wolverines struck in just the second minute as former Riverhounds U23 player Robbie Mertz got in behind the defense thanks to a through-ball by Francis Atuahene to make it 1-0. Michigan then doubled its lead when a corner kick by Tyler Anderson went straight through the penalty area and in at the far post.
The Riverhounds picked things up after the opening half-hour, and almost pulled a goal back 11 minutes before the break when Lebo Moloto’s shot off a pass by Kevin Kerr took a deflection off a defender’s boot and went off the crossbar.
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Jordan Murrell played a part in that chance, and was the provider as two minutes later the Riverhounds pulled a goal back. The former Real Monarchs SLC player sent a looping cross in from the left which found Romeo Parkes for a headed finish back across goal.
Pittsburgh pushed for an equalizer in the second half, and almost found one when Zak Boggs had a shot tipped onto the crossbar by Wolverines goalkeeper Braden Horton midway through the half. The Riverhounds were reduced to 10 men when Duwayne Ewart was sent off with just under 20 minutes to go, and the Wolverines held on for victory when Horton denied a late chance for Ryan Dodson from close range.