Rhinos Get Back to the Win Column at Home
ROCHESTER, NY- The Rochester Rhinos were home this Saturday night celebrating Italian Night at the stadium and looking for their first win at home since May 6. The Rhinos welcomed the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, a team they played back in their season opener early in April where they won 1-0. Saturday night's match was a must win for the Rhinos who were looking to turn their season back around after coming off a few tough matches.
The Rhinos came out of the gate strong and were on the board in the first ten minutes of the match. On a perfect serve off a corner kick by Kenardo Forbes, Joe Farrell headed the ball into the lower right side of the net to make it 1-0 Rhinos early on. The Rhinos are 4-0-1 when scoring the first goal in games this season. The goal marks Farrell's fourth of the year.
The Rhinos appeared to slow down after the quick opening goal as play became even between the two teams. While possession was 50-50, the Rhinos managed to get 9 shots off in the first half, unfortunately none finding the back of the net.
Just before half in the 45' Pittsburgh found the equalizer. Corey Hertzog scored his fifth goal of the season just before the half. Kerr served it into the box where the ball bounced around for a bit, with Hertzog finishing on a header.
With the wind at their backs for the second half the Rhinos looked to gained composure and dominance. The Pittsburgh Riverhounds returned to the pitch with the same notion in mind as in the 48' Drew Russell crossed it into Kerr leaving Grinwis to hustle to protect the Rhinos net.
Sean Totsch made way for Sofiane Tergou in the 58' who entered the match with a sense of speed and urgency. On a cross from Tergou, Dos Santos set up Rhinos captain Michael Garzi for his first goal of the season. Garzi scored just outside the six to make it 2-1 Rochester Rhinos. The Rhinos continued to play with intensity as the second half continued, maintaining possession for a majority of first twenty minutes of the second half.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds found success on a set play, but the goal was waved off. Both teams picked up their speed of play heading into the last ten minutes of the match. The Rhinos midfield maintained a control throughout the match, hindering the Riverhounds attack.
While both teams picked up intensity in the last ten minutes, the Rhinos maintained their 2-1 lead. They are now 6-4-3 on the season.