Rob Vincent notched his first professional hat trick in a competitive game Saturday night to fire the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to a 3-0 result over the Wilmington Hammerheads at Highmark Stadium.
The victory ended the Hounds’ recent three-game losing streak and lifted Mark Steffens’ side to 8-8-4 (28 points) in the USL Eastern Conference standings. Vincent pulled level with Oklahoma City Energy’s Danni Konig at the top of the league’s goal scoring chart by bringing his tally to 16 in 20 games.
He drilled a low shot past Hammerheads goalkeeper Andre Rawls in the 20th minute to open the scoring. The Hounds struggled to secure the win against the league’s bottom side until the English midfielder finished off two superb moves in the last five minutes.
Kevin Kerr’s relentless work rate provided the spark for Vincent’s opener after a quiet beginning to the game. The Scotsman flicked the ball away from Wilmington defender Andrae Campbell on the goal line and dribbled into the penalty area before finding Vincent with his cutback. Rawls had no chance with the finish.
Calle Brown maintained the Hounds’ 1-0 lead at the interval by leaping to save Mark Godelman’s curling effort with four minutes until the break as Pittsburgh absorbed some second-half pressure as the Hammerheads (2-12-6, 12 points) looked to snap to five-game winless run.
Hammereads’ captain Corben Bone accelerated at the Hounds’ back line on 72 minutes before slipping a pass through to center forward Qudus Lawal, but Willie Hunt recovered to make an excellent tackle and prevent the scoring opportunity.
Vincent grabbed the insurance goal in the 86th minute and put the game away in stoppage time with his third tally of the night.
Wilmington returns to the pitch at Legion Stadium against New York Red Bulls II on Saturday, Aug. 8.