During an athlete’s rookie season, there are numerous firsts that take place. For Bethlehem Steel FC forward Santi Moar, those accomplishments have come early in his career and were highlighted this weekend when he scored his first goal against Harrisburg City Islanders last Saturday night.
“Being down 2-0, I felt that we needed to score as soon as possible to make a run at the match,” Moar said. “It was a weird goal because I felt that the goalkeeper was going to make the save. When he left the rebound in front of me, I just made the quick reaction to leave my feet. I really don’t remember how the ball got in but I do recall looking at the referee to see if he was pointing for goal, which he was so I was happy to get my first goal.”
The goal was the third-consecutive week that the 23-year-old had completed a career accomplishment. Moar made his professional, team and USL debut in Steel FC’s season opener against the Rochester Rhinos, starting on the left flank and playing 60 minutes. In that same match that doubled as the club’s home opener, Moar attempted his first career shot in the 47th minute.
The following week against FC Cincinnati Moar started once against and produced yet another career moment. With the club up 1-0 against a 10-man Cincinnati squad, Moar helped on Seku Conneh’s insurance goal that sealed the club’s first victory of the 2017 season. The Coruna, Spain native, found space out wide to beat the defense and quickly dribbled into the penalty area. With the goalkeeper closing in, Moar laid it off to Conneh to notch his first career assist.
After back-to-back standout performances, the stage was set for Moar’s first career goal on the road at in-state rival Harrisburg. Moar’s goal in the 38th minute helped the club turn momentum in their favor as the club was down 2-0 after the opening 21 minutes of the match. Despite reaching another career moment, Moar’s focus was on the task at hand.
“It’s a great achievement to get my first professional goal,” Moar said. “At that exact moment, my focus on was helping the team fight back to get another goal to tie the match up. I think the happiness and emotion of scoring my first goal came after the match because on the field, it was more eagerness to get a result for my team.”
Fans can see what Moar and the rest of the club have in store this weekend, when Steel FC returns to Goodman Stadium to face Orlando City B on Sunday, April 23. The match is also Family Day, with fun family activities including face painting, handcrafted balloon art, inflatables for children and a halftime t-shirt launch among other things planned for the afternoon. A special family package can be purchased online here or by calling the ticket office at 844-STEELFC.