Loudoun United lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in their fourth match of the 2021 United Soccer League (USL) Championship season. Despite a dominant second half display and outshooting the visitors on the night, the Red-and-White, they were unable to overturn the two goal deficit they faced from the first half.
Loudoun United started with Jermaine Fordah in net and Wahab Ackwei, Timmy Mehl, and Michael DeShields as the three center backs. Robert Dambrot, Jeremy Garay, Houssou Landru, and Logan Panchot played in the midfield and Jovanny Bolivar, Samson Sergi, and Kairou Amoustapha started as the three up front.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC opened the scoring in the 18thminute when Anthony Velarde scored off a cross from Hugh Alexander Dixon. The Riverhounds found their second goal in the 41stminute when a cross from the right wing took an unfortunate deflection off of Ackwei and into his own net. Loudoun went into halftime trailing 2-0.
The Red-and-White began the second half on the attack and were rewarded with a quick goal, bringing the match to life. Jovanny Bolivar played a couple of slick one-twos on the edge of the Riverhounds box before smashing his strike through the goalkeeper’s legs from in-close in the 50thminute for his second goal in as many matches. As Loudoun’s pressure continued, a swift counterattack by Pittsburgh against the run of play led to a penalty kick, which was converted in the 58thminute restoring their two goal advantage. The back-and-forth second half continued in the 70thminute when Logan Panchot fired a low, driven shot into the bottom right corner from outside the box after a perfect lay-off from Bolivar. The goal was the first of Panchot’s professional career and it brought Loudoun to within one goal. The Red-and-White came close to the equalizer on multiple occasions at the end of the match, including a goal line clearance deep into added time. In the end, Loudoun were unable to find a third goal and the match ended 3-2 in favor of Pittsburgh.
Loudoun United’s next match is against the Charleston Battery on Tuesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. EST at Segra Field. The match can be streamed on ESPN+.