USL Player of the Week Rob Vincent led the visiting Pittsburgh Riverhounds to a 3-1 victory over Toronto FC II on Saturday evening.
Raheem Edwards had a late consolation goal for the young Reds.
With the loss TFC II’s record falls to 4-11-3 on the season.
The visitors were able to open up the scoring early in the first half at the Ontario Soccer Centre.
Midfielder Rob Vincent unleashed a rocket from just outside the 18-yard box that went top corner on Quillan Roberts.
Vincent’s goal was his league leading 17th of the season.
TFC II came close to equalizing in the 25th minute. Forward Edwin Rivas cut to his left and hit a low shot from just outside the box that was saved by the fingertips of Pittsburgh goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez.
Jesse Gonzalez was recently loaned out to the Riverhounds by MLS team FC Dallas and was stellar in his debut for Pittsburgh, making some big saves and interceptions for the visitors.
TFC II had another great opportunity to tie up the match two minutes later. Babouli met Rivas’ cross from the left side of the pitch but his header went just wide of the post.
Pittsburgh extended their lead in the 30th minute through midfielder Lebo Moloto. Kevin Kerr flicked a pass through to Moloto and he bent a left-footed shot into the bottom corner beating a fully stretched Quillan Roberts.
The visitors essentially sealed the three points eleven minutes before fulltime. Moloto controlled a loose ball in the box and made a pass to an open Miro Cabrilo who tapped it home for Pittsburgh’s third of the match.
TFC II picked up a consolation goal in the dying seconds of the match. Substitute Raheem Edwards controlled a lobbed pass off his chest and took a touch before releasing a lovely left-footed shot that flew past a diving Gonzalez.
Edwards’ tally was his first professional goal for Toronto FC II.
Toronto FC II will look to bounce back on Tuesday as they travel to Stade Saputo to face bitter rivals FC Montreal in a midweek clash.
PIT – Rob Vincent 11’
PIT – Lebo MoLoto 30’
PIT – Meio Cabrilo 79’
TFC II – Raheem Edwards 90’ + 2’
PIT – Matt Dallman 66’ (caution)
PIT – Meio Cabrilo 74’ (caution)
TFC II – Mark-Anthony Kaye 82’ (caution)
Toronto FC II: 4-11-3 15pts.
Pittsburgh Riverhounds: 9-8-4 31pts.
Toronto FC II – Quillan Roberts © (Alex Bono 46’); Gabriel Boakye (Wesley Charpie 63’), Skylar Thomas, Emeka Okonye, Mark-Anthony Kaye; Liam Fraser, Manuel Aparicio (Anthony Osorio 61’), Marcos Nunes (Jordan Hamilton 46’), Sal Bernal (Raheem Edwards 82’); Edwin Rivas, Mo Babouli
Substitutes Not Used: Robert Boskovic, Luca Uccello
Pittsburgh Riverhounds – Jose Gonzalez; Anthony Arena, William Hunt, Matt Dallman, Fejieo Okiomah; Lebo MoLoto (Boris Zivanovic 79’), Rob Vincent (Sidney Rivera 89’), Kevin Kerr (Tyler Pasher 86’), Danny Earls ©, Stephen Okai (Meio Cabrilo 71’); Michael Green (Seth C’DeBacca 86’)
Substitutes Not Used: Calle Brown, Sterling Flundee