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Hertzog Leads Riverhounds by Saint Louis

By AARON CRANFORD - aaron.cranford@uslsoccer.com, 08/19/17, 10:45PM EDT

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Forward scored free kick, penalty kick to lift Pittsburgh to 2-1 victory

FENTON, Mo. – Thanks to two second-half strikes from Corey Hertzog, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds topped Saint Louis FC 2-1 at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis on Saturday evening. Rudolph converted the home side’s only goal following a beautiful back-heel pass by Christian Volesky just before halftime. However, Hertzog quickly responded after the break, netting a sensational free kick to level the match. After Saint Louis failed to score from the penalty spot in the 66th minute, the Riverhounds were given an opportunity of their own from the spot, and Hertzog was clinical. With the win, Pittsburgh improves to 7-8-9, while Saint Louis falls to 7-10-5 this campaign.

Scoring:
45’ – STL – Seth Rudolph (Christian Volesky)
47’ – PGH – Corey Hertzog
73’ – PGH – Corey Hertzog (PK)

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. Trey Mitchell’s penalty-kick save against Saint Louis’ Milan Petosevic in the 66th minute proved to be the turning point in the game, as the Riverhounds converted a penalty – the game-winner – seven minutes later. Mitchell recorded two saves overall on the evening and also had one punch to help Pittsburgh record the road win.

  • 2. With the result at Toyota Stadium – Saint Louis, Pittsburgh’s away record improves to 4-3-6 this regular season. Overall, the Riverhounds are 7-8-9 and sit just one point behind the New York Red Bulls II, who sit in the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff position.

  • 3. Saint Louis suffered its fourth home loss of the regular season to move its home record to 5-4-2 this campaign. Prior to Saturday’s defeat, the club was 2-1-1 in its previous four outings. In order for Saint Louis to qualify for the USL Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history, the team must turn results around with only 10 games remaining in their season.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:

Corey Hertzog, Pittsburgh Riverhounds – The forward scored two goals to lead the Riverhounds to victory on the road.

Upcoming Games:
Saint Louis FC
vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC – Aug. 23, 8 p.m. ET, Toyota Stadium – St. Louis
Pittsburgh Riverhounds vs. Bethlehem Steel FC – Aug. 26, 7 p.m. ET, Highmark Stadium

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