RICHMOND, Va. (June 25, 2016) – Bethlehem Steel FC fought to a 0-0 draw on the road to Richmond Kickers on Saturday night at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. The result extended Steel FC’s (4-4-6) current unbeaten run on the road to four matches, including the third straight result as the club continues its current five-game road trip.
A battered-up field at City Stadium affected play throughout the first half as both teams launched efforts forward. Seku Conneh had the match’s first chance in the 16th minute of play when Taylor Washington pushed forward from his left back position to slide Conneh a ball in front of goal. Conneh’s backheel attempt was swept up by Richmond (5-5-5) goalkeeper Charlie Horton to keep the score at 0-0.
Four minutes later, Kickers’ Brian Ownby chested down a long ball and slid it under Steel FC’s Samir Badr, but defender Ryan Richter came to the rescue just inside the six-yard box.
Conneh had the half’s best look in the 33rd minute, when his free kick from 22-yards straight away skipped off the top of the frame. The half ended at a 0-0 score line.
The game opened up for both teams in the second half. Richmond had the better of the chances in the early parts of the half, including an in-swinging Kickers’ cross that forced Badr to come out and punch away. Badr saved the follow-up attempt and Richter got in the way of the ensuing rebound to keep the match scoreless.
Steel FC had a look at goal in the 71st minute when Richter’s long throw found its way to James Chambers, but Chambers’ side volley from six yards flew directly into the arms of Kickers’ goalie Charlie Horton.
A great look went awry again in the 87th minute when Richter swung in a cross from the right corner, but the ball soared inches past a surging Cory Burke and James Chambers.
The ball did find the back of the net in the 90th minute as Anthony Grant pounced on a rebound effort, but he was immediately flagged for offside and the score line stayed at 0.
Despite the end-to-end play, the game remained scoreless as Badr and Horton continued to fend off looks at both ends. Horton was asked to make only two saves, while Badr ended the night with eight saves, a new Steel FC record for saves in a match.
The result moves Bethlehem to 18 points after drawing three of its last five. Next up for the team is a trip to FC Cincinnati next Saturday, July 2, for a 6 p.m. ET kickoff.
Steel FC return to Goodman Stadium on Sunday, July 10 to face Pittsburgh River Hounds at 4 p.m. Single game and group tickets are available by visiting BethlehemSteelFC.com or by calling 844-STEELFC.
Bethlehem Steel FC 0, Richmond Kickers 0
Shots: 14-6 (Richmond)
Shots On Goal: 8-2 (Richmond)
Corners: 8-4 (Richmond)
Saves: 8-2 (Bethlehem)
RIC – Braeden Troyer 51’
RIC – Fred Owusu Sekyere 60’
BSFC – Derrick Jones 61’
BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI
Samir Badr; Ryan Richter ©, Mickey Daly, Anderson, Taylor Washington; Bolu Akinyode, Derrick Jones; James Chambers (Josh Heard 90’), Cole Missimo (Jamie Luchini 76’), Eric Ayuk; Seku Conneh (Cory Burke 68’)
Unused Substitutes: Gabe Gissie, Nick Bibbs, Fred
Charlie Horton, Alex Lee, William Yomby ©, Hugh Roberts, Braeden Troyer; Samuel Asante, Lucas Paulini (Sunny Jane 62’, Fred Owusu Sekyere (Luiz Fernando 62’), Yudai Imuru; Jason Yeisley (Anthony Grant 87’), Brian Ownby
Unused Substitutes: Sawyer Gaffney, Travis Pittman, Michael Callahan, Nate Shiffman
Matthew Franz, Benjamin Wooten (Assistant), Jeffrey Skinker (Assistant), Jordan Gray (Fourth)
ABOUT BETHLEHEM STEEL FC
Bethlehem Steel FC joined the United Soccer League officially on Oct. 27, 2015. Based in Bethlehem, Pa. in the Lehigh Valley, it is the official USL affiliate of the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Also owned and operated by Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the team started their inaugural season on March 25, 2016 at FC Montreal and played the home opener at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium on April 3, 2016. For more information about Bethlehem Steel FC, visit www.bethlehemsteelfc.com.