The NPSL’s Chattanooga FC were on their way to a first round upset, only to see the Pittsburgh Riverhounds rally in the second half for a 3-2 overtime win at Chartiers Valley Stadium in Bridgeville, Pa.
The visiting NPSL squad took an early 1-0 lead when Ivan Heredia caught the Riverhounds goalkeeper out of position. Ten minutes into the second half, Mark Beattie doubled Chattanooga’s lead, and it seemed an upset was in the making.
The Riverhounds interrupted the visitors upset dreams with goals from Jason Yeisley and Stefan Lundberg late in the game. It was Lundberg’s goal in the closing minutes of regulation that tied the game 2-2 and sent it to extra time.
Just nine minutes into overtime, Jeremy Deighton scored what turned out to be the winning goal, as the Riverhouds held on to avoid the upset.
Pittsburgh will face the Richmond Kickers at Richmond City Stadium on June 21 in the Second Round.
Chattanooga FC (NPSL)