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Bethlehem Steel FC fall to Toronto FC II in a thrilling 3-2 affair

By Mihir Pandya, 07/06/16, 10:15PM EDT

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Ryan Richter’s beautiful free kick not enough for Steel FC

VAUGHAN, Ontario (July 6, 2016) – Bethlehem Steel FC fell to Toronto FC II, 3-2, Wednesday night at Ontario Soccer Centre. They club will finally return home to Goodman Stadium on Sunday, July 10, following a five-game road trip.

The game did not start well for Steel FC, as they conceded just two minutes into the game. After a broken play, the ball found its way to Luco Uccella, who beat the outstretched Samir Badr at the far post to go up 1-0.  

Just as Bethlehem was starting to reestablish their footing, Toronto FC II’s Shaan Hundal played a long ball to Bubacarr Jobe, who danced around a rushing Badr and slotted it in to the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

Steel FC got a golden opportunity in 38th minute after Anthony Fontana danced around a few defenders and was fouled right outside the 18-yard box. Captain Ryan Richter stood over it, and easily curled the ball over the wall and into the top left corner of the goal, where it went to halftime at 2-1.

In the second half, Bethlehem came out fast and physical. Trying to carry the momentum, they led attack after attack. Unfortunately, this momentum eventually faded, as Liam Fraser was able to hit a sniper of a shot off of a free kick rebound in the 63rd minute.

But, Steel FC didn’t take too long to answer. James Chambers picked up the ball on the left and swung the ball into Joshua Heard, who made no mistake to score his first goal of the season. At 66 minutes, Steel was back down one, 3-2.     

This led to a great back and forth for the remainder of the match, but unfortunately for Steel FC, Toronto FC II held on to the lead until the final whistle.   

Steel FC return to Goodman Stadium on Sunday, July 10 to face Pittsburgh Riverhounds at 4 p.m. Single game and group tickets are available by visiting bethlehemsteelfc.com or by calling 844-STEELFC. 

The team will follow it up with five more home games against Harrisburg City Islanders, Rochester Rhinos, Toronto FC II, and Charlotte Independence.

MATCH RECAP

Toronto FC II 3, Bethlehem Steel FC 2

Ontario Soccer Centre

Vaughan, Ontario

MATCH STATS 

Shots: 11-10 (Bethlehem)

Shots On Goal: 6-6 (tie)

Corners: 8-4 (Bethlehem)

Saves: 4-3 (Toronto)

SCORING SUMMARY

2’ Luca Uccello (Salvador Bernal)

13’ Bubacarr Jobe (Shaan Hundal)

39’ Ryan Richter

63’ Liam Fraser

66’ Joshua Heard (James Chambers)

DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

82’ Raheem Taylor-Parkes (Yellow Card)

90’ Bubacarr Jobe (Yellow Card)

BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI

Samir Badr; Ryan Richter ©, Mickey Daly, Anderson Conceicao (67’ Jamie Luchini), Auston Trusty; James Chambers, Derrick Jones (70’ Raheem Taylor-Parkes), Anthony Fontana (67’ Fred), Joshua Heard (85’ Nick Bibbs), Taylor Washington; Cory Burke (19’ Gabriel Gissie)

Substitutes not used: CJ Dos Santos, Amoy Brown

TORONTO FC II STARTING XI

Phil Di Bennardo; Wesley Charpie, Mitch Taintor, Skylar Thomas ©, Anthony Osorio; Liam Fraser, Aidan Daniels (61’ Brian James), Luca Uccello (87’ Chris Mannella); Salvador Bernal, Shaan Hundal (69’ Ayo Akinola), Bubacarr Jobe

Substitutes not used: Angelo Cavalluzzo, Leonard Sohn

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Matthew Kreitzer, Jaroslaw Werel (Assistant), Kevin Lock (Assistant), Melvin Holmes II (Fourth)

ATTENDANCE: 

1,064

TEAM NOTES

·     Anthony Fontana made his first USL start for Steel FC at the age of just 16 years old

·    Joshua Heard scored his first USL goal this season in the 66th minute

·    This was the first meeting between these two, but they will face off once again on July 31st at Goodman Stadium

·     Bethlehem Steel FC now have a record of 4-6-6 in their inaugural 2016 season and a 2-2-2 record at home. This game was the last of five straight away games for Steel FC

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.