Tag: Recap

Game 5 Recap: Get Those Road Points

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Road points are never bad points. That’s probably the main take away from this match. After an exciting opening ten minutes the following 80 were a little ho-hum. Charlotte dominated the possession stat (70/30) thanks to some particularly defensive play by the Hounds, especially in the second half. Part of that is playing the counter attack. You’re going to sit back more and wait for the other team to come to you. Part of it was undoubtedly tired legs. We’ve seen the Hounds struggle to keep up energy late into the game. Playing their third match in eight days put lead weights in their boots from the get go. Fortunately even with all their possession Charlotte wasn’t able to do anything with it thanks to a strong performance by the Hounds D. It’s a little too early to tell if that was…



Game 4 Recap: Head Meet Desk

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Over the course of a 30+ game season you’re going to have a few stinkers that are just frustrating to watch. Wednesday night was one of those. A 90 minute slog resulting in a notch in the L column. Outside of the early gimmie goal from our perspective the Hounds never seemed to click. In the first half we saw a little bit of the squad we’ve come to know over the first three games, but come the second half the 2016 Hounds decided to made an appearance. Maybe it was the change in the lineup (hello early season injury bug), or just something in the air. Who knows? As the game progressed we started to see a lot of long balls, crosses into the box going 10 yards too long, and way too many hopeful shots from outside the 18. When…



Game 3 Recap: Saving the Best for Last

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Mark it down. Week 3, the Hounds get their first win. And not just any win, but a win on a the road. And not just any road win, but a win against the Charleston Battery. I can’t remember the last time the Battery had a bad season, and if the stat I saw floating around Twitter is true, we haven’t beaten the Battery in over 5 years. By every measurement these were a big three points. Not to mention 3 points towards the Old Guard Shield!

It was interesting seeing the defensive formation the Hounds fell into when they lost the ball in the first half. After the change in possession the entire team retreated back to just behind the mid line and hunkered down, daring Charleston to try to get through. While they played deep, it kept them from…



Game 2 Recap: Hounds Stumble to a Loss

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Just a week after a thrilling 3-3 draw and feeling pretty ok about the season, Cincinnati came to town to knock us down a peg with a 1-0 reality check. Probably the most frustrating aspect of that cold Saturday night is the Hounds continued to look pretty decent in the first half. They were controlling the ball well and pressing the attack. If you look at the heat maps on the USL’s site Cincy spent a lot of the first half in their own end. Unfortunately even with the attack and several good chances (including the rare indirect free kick from the 6 yard box), the Hounds just couldn’t do anything with it. I’m sure quite a few of us left Saturday with 2016 PTSD after seeing them struggle to score. Goals aside, it was always going to be tough for the…