‘Losing mentality’ hinders Hounds in 2-0 loss

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Jack Thomspon and Corey Hertzog battle for a ball in the air. — HOUNDS

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Riverhounds coach Dave Brandt and captain Kevin Kerr came off the pitch a good 45 minutes after Leo Fernandes' penalty kick as stoppage time expired bookended a 2-0 loss Sunday to Steel FC at Goodman Stadium.

The coach walked with his leader, his go-to guy, talking face-to-face for what seemed like an eternity after the loss. What was truly said will stay between Brandt and Kerr. But you can believe the message will be clear in the locker room. At 2-9-4 and next-to-last place in the 14-team Eastern Conference of the USL, the losing has to stop.

"This group has done too much losing," Brandt said. "It's a massive fight. It's a huge challenge to hang in there and believe you can get one back."

Kerr called it a "losing mentality."

"You can only keep going at it," Kerr said. "It's a mentality thing. We've been unfortunate so many times this year. It's going to take extra effort to turn it around. We just have to keep chipping away. The clock is ticking."