Rhinos End Season With Win

After a 90-minute rain delay the Rochester Rhinos played host to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the final regular season match of the season for both teams.  A second half goal by Rochester's Rich Costanzo was the difference as the Rhinos closed out the regular season with a 1-0 win.

The win snaps a two-game losing streak for Rochester however Rhinos Head Coach Bob Lilley the his team can still get better.  "We did control the tempo.  I would have liked to get behind them a bit more" said Lilley.  "I think we played fairly positive to get higher up the pitch but we left our defenders isolated.  We need to find the right balance between the attack and defense.  Ou rshape was a bit loose."

The ninth minute saw the Rhinos develop their first chance when Tony Donatelli  played a ball out wide to 2011 team Most Valuable Player Tyler Rosenlund, who let a blast go that was stopped by Hunter Gilstrap's diving save.

JC Banks continued the Rhino pressure early on putting a move on a Riverhound defender before letting a screen-shot go to the near-post that Gilstrap gobbled up.  Drew Cost nearly connected in the 19th minute after a corner kick was headed out past the 18.  Cost's left-footed volley was on goal but hit right at Gilstrap from 20 yards.

Rochester had several quality chances that couldn't quite connect.  In the 40th Troy Roberts corralled a Donatelli feed but his shot was deflected out for a corner.  Pittsburgh meanwhile managed just one shot on goal during the first 45 minutes of play.

Rochester broke the scoreless deadlock in the 63rd minute on Rich Costanzo's second goal of the season.  Donatelli played a ball up the left flank to Banks who broke in toward the goal near the endline.  Banks fed Costanzo toward the net converting the pass from 12 yards. 

"I saw space and JC came forward" said Costanzo.  "I knew to make a run into the box and I was hoping he would cut it back and he did."

For Costanzo it was his second goal of the season, both coming against the Riverhounds.  "It means a little bit more.  I know a lot of the guys, I know the coaching staff and that is my hometown, so it's always nice to play well in front of those guys."
Moments later Isaac Kissi nearly made it 2-0 blasting a shot over the crossbar.

Rochester netminder Neal Kitson preserved the clean sheet in stoppage time when his diving save negeted a 25-yard blast off the foot of Niko Katic.  Kitson earned his third shutout of the season over Pittsburgh and fourth in a row over the 'hounds. 

The two teams will meet again next Friday, August 19th in the quarterfinals of the USL Pro playoffs at Sahlen's Stadium.  Kickoff for the match is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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