Pittsburgh came to Rochester without a win so far this season.
The Rhinos were unhappy to solve that problem for the Riverhounds.
Ex-Rhino Danny Earls assisted on a pair of goals leading Pittsburgh to a 3-2 over Rochester at Sahlen's Stadium Saturday night.
Minh Vu scored the opening goal of the match in the 26th minute for the Rhinos. Pittsburgh found the equalizer in the 43rd minute when Brian Fekete finished a Earls corner kick. Pittsburgh took the lead in the 75th minute when Rob Vincent finished an Earls corner kick. The Riverhounds doubled their advantage in the 84th minute when Jose Angulo finished off of an assist from Joseph Ngwenya. JC Banks got one back for the Rhinos with a spot kick in the 90th minute, but it ultimately was not enough for the home side.
In the 25th minute Alex Dixon was fouled in the middle of the pitch 25 yards out from the Riverhounds goal. After Dixon received treatment from Rhinos trainer Doug Graham, Vu and Banks lined up over the ball to take the free kick. Vu ran at the ball first, struck it, and bent it over Pittsburgh's five man wall into the right side of the Riverhounds goal.
Pittsburgh got back into the match with set pieces, and scored their opening goal in the 43rd minute. Earls took a corner kick with his favored left foot and dropped the ball on top of the six yard box. Earls service found the head of Fekete in a crowded box, and Fekete was able to glance a header to finish into the upper left corner of the Rhinos goal for the equalizer.
The Pittsburgh Riverhounds scored the game winning goal in the 74th minute. 2013 USL PRO MVP and co-leading scorer Angulo started the sequence when he received the ball with his back to goal in the Rhinos penalty area. Angulo played the ball wide to substitute Ngwenya on the left flank. Ngwenya served the ball into the Rochester penalty area, and it went all the way through to 2013 First Team All-USL PRO midfielder Matthew Dallman on the right side of the Rhinos box. Dallman struck the ball first time, but Rochester rookie goalkeeper John McCarthy was there to parry the ball over the cross bar for a corner kick. On the ensuing corner kick Earls whipped a ball into a crowded penalty area, and Rob Vincent was there to touch the ball into the back of the net.
Pittsburgh doubled their advantage in the 84th minute. Angulo sparked a a counter attack when he collected the ball ten yards into the Rhinos defensive half of the field and played a through ball to Ngwenya. Ngwenya was in behind the Rhinos defense, and he surged down the left side of the Rhinos penalty area. Ngwenya got to the end line before he cut it back to Angulo who had made a run to the top of the six yard box. Angulo had the goal at his mercy and finished under McCarthy for what ultimately proved to be the game winning goal.
The Rhinos got one goal back in the 90th minute when Rochester served a ball into the Riverhound's penalty area, and Rochester midfielder Tony Walls was knocked down in the box by Earls. Head referee Jeff Forward pointed to the penalty spot, and Banks converted into the lower right corner of the goal from twelve yards away.
The result drops the Rhinos record to 4 – 3 – 5 for 17 points in 12 matches. Rochester remained in the sixth spot in the USL PRO table as of 10PM Saturday night with three more matches to be played this weekend that could ultimately effect the standings.
The Rochester Rhinos next home match will be Tuesday, June 17th 2014 at 7:05PM against D.C. United of Major League Soccer in the Fourth Round of the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.