Pittsburgh, PA – Penn FC suffered a 3-2 setback at the hand of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC in Pittsburgh.
Penn FC started similar to their last few matches giving up the early goal to Riverhounds SC off a penalty kick in the 11th minute. However, Penn FC also battled back as the team has through much of the preseason, with the equalizer coming courtesy of a Jorge Rivera free kick in the 24th minute. The two teams continued to battle on the defensive end of the ball leading to a 1-1 tie at the half.
The physical play continued into the second half with Penn FC giving up the hard foul inside the box in the 51st minute, which led to another penalty kick for Riverhounds SC to give them a 2-1 advantage early in the second half.
Penn FC would continue to push but would ultimately fail to net the equalizer as Riverhounds SC recorded their first non-penalty kick goal in the 68th minute. Penn FC responded with a penalty kick goal of their own from Dan Metzger in stoppage time. The late effort would prove to be the final goal of the match that saw Riverhounds SC remain unbeaten in the preseason with a record of 8-0. With the loss, Penn FC falls below .500 for the first time in the preseason, with their record standing at 2-3.
Penn FC will open the 2018 regular season in two weeks time on Saturday, March 24th when they travel to Charleston to face the Battery. Kickoff from MUSC Health Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.