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Bethlehem Steel FC held 1-1 by Rochester Rhinos

By Mihir Pandya, 07/24/16, 6:45PM EDT

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Jones’ early strike not enough for a win, as Rhinos equalize in second half

Bethlehem, PA. (July 24, 2016) – Bethlehem Steel FC took on Rochester Rhinos to rebound after a 1-0 loss on Thursday. The game kicked off at 4 p.m. on a hot Sunday evening at Goodman Stadium.

Steel FC came out swinging as they had majority of the possession and shots in the first ten minutes. Cole Missimo had the first real chance in the 10th minute when he dribbled passed five defenders and shot inches wide of far post. Just about 30 seconds later Derrick Jones found himself with the ball and scorched a ball just wide right from 30 yards out. The score remained 0-0.

The game was finally swung open in the 20th when Derrick Jones received the ball at the top of the 18-yard-box and after a few silky touches around the defenders, he calmly slots it into the back of the net behind the out-stretched Adam Grinwis. Steel FC led 1-0.

James Chambers played a one-two with Derrick Jones in the 38th and blasted a shot towards goal, but straight to the keeper. Richter followed up a minute later with a beautiful long ball down the field and Gabe Gissie got his head to it but the keeper just saved. It remained 1-0 at halftime.

The second half began very quickly as both teams were swinging box-to-box taking shots. Rochester had their best chance in the 50th minute when they thought they had scored off a heading effort but the attempt was called off sides and the game remained 1-0.  

Rochester finally did equalize in the 57th minute after Kenardo Forbes pounced on a rebound effort from six yards out off of a Matt Jones save.

After the goal, both teams were attacking heavily but neither was able to find an opening in the final third. Rochester received a dangerous free kick on the right at the edge of the 18 in the 84th minute, but Anderson Conceicao handled it really well to keep the tie alive.

Steel FC’s late attempt came through a Ryan Richter free kick that swing into a dangerous area but a foul was called in the process and the kick was waved off. The game ended 1-1

Steel FC return to Goodman Stadium on Sunday, July 31 to face Toronto FC II at 4 p.m. Single game and group tickets are available by visiting bethlehemsteelfc.com or by calling 844-STEELFC. 

The team will finish off their six-game home stand against Charlotte Independence on August 7th.

MATCH RECAP

Bethlehem Steel FC 1, Rochester Rhinos 1 

Goodman Stadium

Bethlehem, PA.

MATCH STATS 

Shots: 7-6 (Bethlehem)

Shots On Goal: 4-1 (Bethlehem)

Corners: 2-1 (Rochester)

Saves: 3-0 (Rochester)

Fouls: 16-13 (Bethlehem)

SCORING SUMMARY

20’ Derrick Jones

57’ Kenardo Forbes

DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

45’ + 4’ Seku Conneh (Yellow Card)

79’ Cory Burke (Yellow Card)

BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI

Matt Jones; Ryan Richter ©, Nick Bibbs, Anderson Conceicao, Taylor Washington; Boluwatife Akinyode, James Chambers; Derrick Jones; Cole Missimo (Cory Burke 76’), Gabe Gissie (Josh Heard 67’), Seku Conneh (Jamie Luchini 85’)

Substitutes not used: Samir Badr, Anthony Fontana, Fred da Silva, Amoy Brown

ROCHESTER RHINOS STARTING XI

Adam Grinwis; Bradley Kamden (Dominic Samuel 82’), Vasius Apostolopoulos, Joe Farrell, Wal Fall; Ryan James, Kenardo Forbes, Mike Garzi (Sean Reilly 90’), Sofiane Torgou (Asani Samuels 82’); Christian Volesky (Sean Totch 82’), Steevan Dos Santos (Michel Guilavogui 88’)

 

Substitutes not used: Tomas Gomez, Andre Fortune

 

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Matthew Franz, Mark Treilman (Assistant), Dustin Killick (Assistant), Daniel Pannullo Jr. (Fourth)

ATTENDANCE: 

1,996

TEAM NOTES

·    Defender Nick Bibbs made his second straight start in the Bethlehem Steel FC Squad this season

·    Matt Jones was featured in the starting XI for the third time this season. He is at a 1.00 GAA on the season

·    Derrick Jones now leads the team as he scored his fourth goal of the season. He also leads the team with 3 assists.

·     Bethlehem Steel FC now have a record of 6-7-7 in their inaugural 2016 season and a 4-3-3 record at home. This game was the fourth of six straight home 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.