One goal wasn't enough, and now the Riverhounds' chase for second place is over.
While some fans might be happy with a draw against the league leaders, coach Bob Lilley was anything but.
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Ben Zemanski scored in stoppage time to ensure the Hounds extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a 2-2 draw against the Charlotte Independence.
Kay Banjo scored on a first-half tap-in, and Andrew Lubahn added a stoppage time goal as the Hounds defended with conviction to take a 2-0 win.
In five and a half years, the home of the Riverhounds has never hosted a playoff game for its home team. That could change as soon as Wednesday.
A half-dozen summers since Highmark Stadium opened to raves from across the soccer world, it's finally setting stage for its first legitimately important match.
It might not have been the Miracle on the Mon, but the Hounds put together a late rally that could pay big dividends come playoff time next month.
The Riverhounds' creative Jamaican midfielder fired the go-ahead goal just a minute before halftime, and the Hounds pulled away from the Bethlehem Steel.
The Riverhounds watched another lead go by the wayside, and with it, probably any chance of catching first-place FC Cincinnati.
Hounds substitute Ray Lee was sent off in the 86th minute before Indy Eleven striker Jack McInerney tied the game in stoppage time with his second goal.
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Against the Charlotte Independence, as in most their other scoreless outings this season, it was the Hounds' opposition that sent the game spiraling into a goalless muck.
The Riverhounds have managed to weather multiple injuries this season, but as playoff time creeps closer, new injuries create an added sense of urgency.
Neco Brett was the man on the scoresheet once again, but for the first time in possibly three weeks, the Riverhounds came away from a match celebrating a thorough team...