RIVERHOUNDS FALL TO WIGAN ATHLETIC, 4-1 IN FRANK B. FUHRER INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY PRESENTED BY KEYTEX ENERGY
Pittsburgh—On a historic night of soccer in the Nation’s newest soccer facility, Highmark Stadium, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds fall to current FA Cup Champions, Wigan Athletic FC, 4-1. The Riverhounds Jose Angulo scored in the 3rd minute, but the Latics answered with two goals in each half to win the Frank B. Fuhrer International Friendly and Fireworks sponsored by KEYTEX Energy.
In the opening minutes of the friendly, an individual effort by Angulo proved to be the Riverhounds lone goal. Receiving the ball on the left flank, Angulo drove inside with power and pace towards the Latics goal. After passing three Latics defenders, Angulo rifled a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Lee Nicholls that struck the bottom of the crossbar and into the right side netting.
The Latics came back to even terms in the 11th minute when Roger Espinoza struck a low, hard left-footed shot from twenty-five yards out. Maintaining possession in the Riverhounds defensive third, the Latics changed the point of attack through midfielder Ben Watson. Seeing Espinoza streaking down the left side, Watson provided the left back with time and space. Taking a touch to prepare his body, Espinoza whistled a shot into the bottom right corner passed the out-stretched hands of Riverhounds net-minder, Hunter Gilstrap.
Just before the half-hour mark, the Latics received a dangerous set piece at the left corner of the eighteen-yard box. Watson drove a bending right-footed shot towards the penalty spot for a slashing Emerson Boyce. The English center back turned Watson’s service on frame with a quality header that provided the Latics with the lead.
The Latics Grant Holt would find the back of the net in the final minute of the first half, but was denied the honor by an offside flag. The striker would not be denied a goal on the night though. Just three minutes after the half-time break, Grant would finish a service from Jean Beausejour on the left flank. A combination between Beausejour and Espinoza provided the midfielder with enough time to find Grant. Beausejour delivered a service to the near post, seeing Grant out-pace his marker and tap home from inside the six-yard box.
The Riverhounds nearly cut the Latics lead in half in the 48th minute, but an offside infraction would negate the goal. Striker, Mike Seth would strip Latics defender, James Perch and travel towards goal. As Perch’s supporting defender closed down the ball, Seth slotted a ball to his counter-part Jhonny Arteaga. Taking a touch back to his right, Arteaga passed the ball around Nicholls and into the net, but his efforts would not stand.
The Latics Joroi Gomez would cap off the scoring in the 88th minute. Second half substitute, Adam Buxton traveled deep inside the Riverhounds right corner. Cutting back inside and past his defender, Buxton tiptoed the end line and slotted a ball back for Gomez. Receiving the ball calmly, Gomez curled a left-footed shot around his marker and into the right side netting.
The Riverhounds remain at home this Sunday to face the Wilmington Hammerheads. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff at Highmark Stadium.