USL PRO Game Report
Friday, August 29, 2014
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Pittsburgh Riverhounds moved into a tie for eighth place in the USL PRO standings as Miroslav Cabrilo scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory against the Charlotte Eagles on Friday night at Queens Sports Complex. The Riverhounds are now level on 32 points with the Rochester Rhinos, with two games remaining in the regular season, while the Eagles sit two points back in 10th place.
The game started with a number of good opportunities for the Eagles in the first 10 minutes. The first came to Fred Sekyere when he took a cross from Zak Boggs in the sixth minute, but Pittsburgh goalkeeper Mike Lisch was able to get a hand on it just before Sekyere could get his shot off. Wells Thompson gathered in the rebound, but his shot went just over the crossbar.
The first half continued to give both teams good opportunities but neither was able to capitalize. In the 42nd minute, Pittsburgh appeared to take the lead when Jose Angulo redirected a shot by Danny Earls from the edge of the penalty area, but the Riverhounds' leading scorer was ruled offside to keep the game scoreless at the break.
Both teams continued to create opportunities in the second half. The Eagles had a chance right at the hour mark when they got a free kick just outside the penalty area, but the shot deflected off the wall andaway to safety. Sekyere then almost gave the Eagles the lead when he took a good first-time finish off a pass from Drew Yates, but the shot went just wide of the right post.
The Riverhounds took the lead after they earned a corner kick In the 76th minute. Cabrilo was able to get a header on target, and it went past Eagles goalkeeper Alec Kann and into the back of the net. Charlotte pushed everything forward in the game’s final 20 minutes, but couldn’t break through a stout Pittsburgh defense as Michael Lisch recorded his fifth shutout of the season.
The Eagles next travel to Montreal to take on the Impact Reserves at 1 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon. The Eagles will return home for their final USL PRO home game of the season on Saturday, September 6th as the Harrisburg City Islanders come to Queens Sports Complex for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff.