Match Recap: 5.5.2012 vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Second-half sub Ian Fuller leads Lions to five-game unbeaten streakTeam 1 2 Final
Orlando City 0 3 3
Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0 2 2
OC – Dennis Chin 3 (unassisted) 68
PIT - Kyle Davies (own goal) 79
OC – Charlie Campbell 1 (Ian Fuller 1) 80
PIT - Matt Kassal 1 (unassisted)
OC - Ian Fuller 2 (Kevin Molino 3) 88
PIT - Mike Seth (caution, persistent infringement) 57
PIT - Nikola Katic (caution, unsporting behavior) 65
OC - Matt Luzunaris (caution, unsporting behavior) 90
PIT - Anthony Calvano (caution, unsporting behavior) 90
PIT - Justin Evans (ejection, abusive language) 90
Orlando City – Miguel Gallardo, Erik Ustruck (Jerome Mechack 66), Kyle Davies, Wes Allen, Luke Boden, Kevin Molino, James O’Connor, Anthony Pulis, Jamie Watson (Charlie Campbell 75), Max Griffin (Dennis Chin 46), Matt Luzunaris (Ian Fuller 66)
Substitutes not used:
Sean Kelley, Kieron Bernard, John Rooney
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Hunter Gilstrap, Nikola Katic (Jeremy Deighton 78), Sterlling Flunder, Louie Rolko, Anthony Calvano, Matt Kassal, Stefan Lundberg, David Leon (Jason Kutney 69), Shintaro Harada (Neil Shaffer 78), Mike Seth (Darren Amoo 46), Agustin Nunez
Substitutes not used:
Greg Blum, Mike Green
Referee – Donald Dellavia
Referee’s Assistants – Cyril Madukanya, Hevert Castano
4th Official – Esteban Rosano
Time of Game – 7:30 pm
Weather – Clear, 90 degrees
Attendance - 6722
ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando City (4-0-1) used three second half goals to capture their fourth victory of the season over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2-4-0) Saturday night. The Lions defeated the Riverhounds by a score of 3-2 in front of 6,722 fans at the Florida Citrus Bowl.
The first half was very much a defensive struggle. Both teams’ defenses held strong throughout the first 45, not allowing either offense a real opportunity to develop a scoring chance. The closest Orlando City came to scoring occurred in the 27th minute, when after a series of passes Midfielder Anthony Pulis narrowly missed the right post from a strike attempted outside the Pittsburgh box.
If the first half was a defensive struggle, the second couldn’t have been more opposite.
To start the second half, Dennis Chin, in a superb solo effort, scored the first goal for Orlando in the 68th minute. After receiving a pass from Mechack Jerome, Chin proceeded to take on Pittsburgh’s defense by himself. The Oviedo native sold a run to the left toward midfield, turning the Riverhounds defender around and out of his way.
Chin then slotted the ball past Pittsburgh Goalkeeper Hunter Gilstrap, giving Orlando the 1-0 lead midway through the second half. The boost was something Head Coach Adrian Heath said was vital to his team.
“It certainly picked up our pace,” Heath said. “I was pleased for Dennis (Chin) and I think it really helped swing the momentum our way.”
In the 79th minute, Defender Wes Allen knocked in an own goal after a cross attempted by Pittsburgh Forward Agustin Nunez. It marked the first time in Orlando City history that an own goal was allowed.
Just a minute later, Orlando responded with a strike of its own. Ian Fuller, who came on as a substitute for Matt Luzunaris earlier in the second half, led a streaking Charlie Campbell - who notched the second goal for Orlando.
Pittsburgh didn’t go down without a fight, though, as Matt Kassel scored a goal for the Riverhounds in the 85th minute to equalize the match 2-2.
The fireworks continued, when Kevin Molino found Ian Fuller alone in the box in the 88th minute as the player/coach had a clear lane in front of him to score the Lions’ third and final of the match. After the match, Fuller commented and his teams’ play in general.
“I think we responded well tonight,” Fuller said. “I know defensively we can fix a few things but we’ll take the win.”
After the final whistle, Pittsburgh Head Coach Justin Evans was given a red card due to approaching the referees for foul and abusive language. Evans had to be separated from the officials. The red card carries a minimum one game suspension, but is subject to an additional suspension after league review.
Next week, the Lions travel over the Atlantic to face Antigua Barracuda FC in a back-to-back series held on Friday May 11 and Sunday, May 13. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. EST on Friday and 4:30 p.m. EST on Sunday. Orlando City holds a 2-1-0 record all-time against Barracuda FC, with the two wins occurring in a back-to-back series held in Antigua in late June of 2011.