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Bethlehem Steel FC fall 2-1 to Pittsburgh Riverhounds

By Mihir Pandya, 08/13/16, 9:30PM EDT

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Steel FC fall to Riverhounds, playoff hopes take a hit

Pittsburgh, PA. (August 13, 2016) – Bethlehem Steel FC hit the road to take on Pittsburgh Riverhounds for the first of four straight away games. The game began on a Saturday evening at Highmark Stadium.  

Steel FC came out once again fast and hard with numerous long balls in the first ten minute of the match. This did not lead to any goals, but a few chances, courtesy of Josh Heard and Eric Ayuk, had the Steel FC in an advantage.

In the 18th minute of play, Pittsburgh set up a set piece routine off a corner kick in which Danny Earls crossed in a lobbing pass from the right and Cory Hetrzog made no mistake and headed it in to the net to open the scoring.

Steel FC kept fighting after the Pittsburgh goal and created even more chances. Ten Minutes after the Hertzog’s goal, Josh Heard found himself poking the ball away inside the 18-yard-box. The ball ended up at Cory Burke’s feet, who made no mistake and absolutely rips one into the back of the net to equalize. Score was 1-1.

Samir Badr had some heroics of his own to keep the score equalized as he jumped off his line many times to save. Leo Fernandes took a free kick on the other side late in the first half, but Zach Steffen saved to keep the score level at the half.

The second half started very fast for both teams as the ball was constantly going from box to box but neither team was able to connect the final pass to strike at goal.

Kevin Kerr dribbled his way into the box and squeezed it just past Samir Badr to give the Riverhounds the lead again in the 62nd minute.

Steel FC started to turn up the tempo in the game, trying to attack through the middle of the field, ad some of the right flank, but the physical play along with the unexpected pouring rain kept them out the net. Samir Badr was at the top of his game on the other end, making many big saves to keep the game close for Steel FC.

Jamie Luchini came the closest towards the end in which he ripped a laser of a shot from inside the box but Steffen just got a hand to it to keep it equalize. The match ended with a 2-1 loss for Steel FC.

Steel FC will now stay on the road for three more games. Their next matches will be against FC Montreal, Louisville City FC, and Harrisburg City Islanders.

Steel FC will return to Goodman Stadium on Sunday, September 4 to face New York Red Bulls II at 3 p.m. Single game and group tickets are available by visiting bethlehemsteelfc.com or by calling 844-STEELFC. 

MATCH RECAP

Bethlehem Steel FC 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2

Highmark Stadium

Pittsburgh, PA.

MATCH STATS 

Shots: 10-9 (Pittsburgh)

Shots On Goal: 7-7 (Bethlehem/Pittsburgh)

Corners: 5-4 (Bethlehem)

Saves: 6-5 (Bethlehem)

SCORING SUMMARY

PGH – 18’ Cory Hertzog

BST – 28’ Cory Burke

PGH – 62’ Kevin Kerr

DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

PGH – 23’ –Danny Earls (Yellow Card)

BST – 37’ – Ryan Richter (Yellow Card)

BST – 66’ – James Chambers (Yellow Card)

PGH – 90’ – Cory Hertzog (Yellow Card)

BST – 90’ Anderson – (Yellow Card)

BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI

Samir Badr; Auston Trusty, Anderson Conceicao, Taylor Washington (Amoy Brown 78’), Ryan Richter ©; Bolu Akinyode, James Chambers, Leo Fernandes (Gabe Gissie 87’); Eric Ayuk, Joshua Heard (Jamie Luchini 65’), Cory Burke (Justin Mcmaster 79’)

Substitutes not used: Nick Bibbs, Anthony Fontana

PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS STARTING XI

Zach Steffen; Willie Hunt, Ryan Adeleye (Marshall Hollingsworth 58’), Sergio Campbell, Michael Green; Danny Earls, Stephen Okai (Zach Boggs 78’), Kevin Kerr, Lebo Moloto (Cristian Martinez 46’); Corey Hertzog, Alejandro Aguilar (Nick Thompson 46’ (Rodrigo Saravia 65’))

Substitutes not used: Hunter Gilstrap, Jack Thompson

MATCH OFFICIALS 

Charles Murphy, Corey Yerace (Assistant), Jason Caruso (Assistant), Max Hartman (Fourth)

TEAM NOTES

·   Samir Badr made his 9th start of the season and recorded 5 saves

·   Cory Burke scored his third goal of the season

·     Bethlehem Steel FC now have a record of 6-9-8 in their inaugural 2016 season and a 4-4-4 record at home. This game was the first of four straight away game 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