Pittsburgh, PA – The first game of the Keystone Derby Cup Series ended in a 0-0 score for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Harrisburg City Islanders last night at Highmark Stadium but since the Hounds prevented the Islanders from scoring, they feel as though they have walked away with a small victory. Riverhounds Goal Keeper, Mauricio Vargas allowed zero goals to enter his net, even though the Islanders made multiple attempts
Despite the 0-0 score and the difficulty that the Hounds had scoring points, Head Coach David Brandt remained positive and focused on his players capturing their first clean sheet of the season.
“…it was a clean sheet if I’m not mistaken, that had to happen. Obviously we need three points at some point. But to keep a clean sheet is something this team hasn’t done so that’s a small positive. I think the fact that it was Pittsburgh Harrisburg and a Derby contributing to why it wasn’t the prettiest.”
The game was definitely not pretty for Hound’s Striker, Corey Hertzog, who broke his scoring streak last night, but he remained optimistic as well.
“Yeah, we needed three points in that game to start July off right. It’s just frustrating, but the positive thing is that was our first clean sheet. Now we just need to put our chances to work and get three points…We had some good chances in the first half that were saved by the keeper, I guess it was just one of those nights. I think there’s only been two games we haven’t scored so you’re going to have those nights where it’s just not going in and unfortunately that was tonight. Defensively we did well to keep the clean sheet.”
Hertzog has scored four goals in the past six games and leads the team with the most points at five.
The Riverhounds will face off against the Islanders in the second game of the Keystone Derby Cup Series on Sunday, July 17th at Highmark Stadium.