HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It was an exciting night in Hartford for sports fans. The Yard Goats were home and it was the home opener for Hartford Athletic. Big crowds were expected at both venues. Sports Team 8’s Erik Dobratz was in Hartford Saturday to preview and review the night’s big soccer match.

Hartford Athletic was home Saturday after winning the opening two matches of the season on the road.

Saturday’s match started at 7 p.m. and the only place to see it is on WTCX or right here on WTNH.com >> WATCH HARTFORD ATHLETIC.

Danny Barrera – the longest tenured Athletic player – and his mates hosted a tough Riverhounds team.

At the fourth minute, Bradford Jamieson with the shot but the save is made.

At the 42nd minute, Russell Cicerone gets behind the defense and scores for the Riverhounds 1-0. The score remains there at the half.

A big play at the 77th minute: Kenardo Forbes, the knockdown, and then the kick. He gets the red card so Pittsburgh has to play with 10 men.

At the 91st minute: Danny with the free kick, he hooks it out front, Luka PrPa gets a head on it and in to tie the game 1-1.

The match ended in a 1-1 final score. A tie for the home opener.

Lots of new faces on the roster coming from all over the world.

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It has been a great start to the season for Hartford Athletic. Finally a chance to get things going at the friendly confines of Dillon Stadium.

The fans are passionate and, more importantly, loud. That’ll be a big help against the Riverhounds.

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Players and coaches tell us they’re looking forward to finally playing a home match in front of the hometown crowd.