Going into Sunday's matchup with Antigua Barracuda, Riverhounds coach Justin Evans knew it had all the makings of a trap game.
Playing just two days after an emotional victory at rival Harrisburg against a team that hadn't earned a point in USL Pro this season, Evans warned his team against a letdown.
The Riverhounds pounded Antigua, 4-1, at Highmark Stadium, extending their unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Since trailing, 2-0, at halftime against Harrisburg Friday night, the Riverhounds (5-4-6) have outscored their opponents, 8-2, in three halves of soccer.
"There were a couple of choice words, there were some slamming of lockers and what have you," Evans said of his halftime speech Friday. "We just didn't come out with the energy we had in the past couple of months. I knew they had it and we just knew we needed to get that early goal; 2-0 in any sport is tough. We got that early one, got a little belief and just kept going."
Sunday, Darren Amoo scored two goals and Jose Angulo added his ninth of the season, second most in USL Pro.
"It was good to get back on the scoresheet," Amoo said. "I was having a little bit of a patchy run throughout the season."
Amoo opened the scoring in the sixth minute when he collected the ball in the center of the box after a failed cross and slammed it past Antigua goalkeeper James Molvin. It marked Amoo's second consecutive game with a goal.
"I've been doing that all season in practice," Amoo said. "After scoring a goal Friday, I was a little more confident."
Antigua (0-15-0) evened the score seven minutes later on a counter attack that ended with Tamorley Thomas chipping the ball past Riverhounds goalie Hunter Gilstrap and into the net.
"They do have athletic players and good guys going forward and attacking," Evans said.
It only took the Riverhounds three minutes to reclaim the lead. Robert Vincent scored his first goal of the season on a curling shot into the upper-right corner of the net to make it 2-1.
"It was a good response from us," Evans said. "We needed that. We didn't want them to stay in the game too long if we could kill it off and put the nail in the coffin, and that's what we did."
Amoo added his second goal in the 55th minute, collecting a rebound off a free kick from Angulo, and Angulo made it 4-1 in the 64th minute with a rocket that ricocheted in off the crossbar.
The Riverhounds have next weekend off and hope to use the break to get their full lineup healthy.
"When we come back full [strength] it's going to be good," Evans said. "It's going to make my job tough to pick the team, but that's a good problem to have."
Sam Werner: email@example.com or Twitter @SWernerPG. First Published June 24, 2013 4:00 AM