Bethlehem Steel FC recorded two goals in the first 10 minutes of play to defeat Pittsburgh 3-2 at Goodman Stadium.
On a hot Sunday afternoon in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, the Steel came out firing on all cylinders against their Eastern Conference foe. The home fans in attendance saw two goals from their striker Cory Burke as well as a goal and assist performance from Adam Najem.
The first goal of the day started with a fantastic build up play from their left winger Santi Moar, who dribbled along the far side of the pitch before making a cut into the box.
The winger sliced up the Riverhound defense before dishing off a pass to a wide open Najem in the box who buried home the goal to give Bethlehem the 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of play.
Moments later in the eighth minute of play, it was Najem sharing the scoring wealth. Najem dribbled into the box from the far side of the pitch and sent a ball in for a streaking Burke who connected immediately. Burke found the back of the net to give the Steel the early 2-0 lead.
Bethlehem earned their third goal of the day in an unique fashion. After Steel goalkeeper Jake McGuire launched a ball from the shadow of his net, Burke was able to run under McGuire’s ball.
Burke maintained control and ran straight through the Pittsburgh defense. Burke took a shot from well beyond the box and was able to beat Riverhound goalkeeper Matt Perella. The goal from Burke was his second of the day, putting Bethlehem up 3-0 in the 37th minute.
Pittsburgh was able to strike back moments later after Steel center back Auston Trusty was whistled for a foul in the box, giving the Riverhounds a penalty attempt. Corey Hertzog stepped up to the spot and buried home the kick to cut the deficit to 3-1 in the 40th minute.
In the 64th minute, Pittsburgh made the contest interesting as Hertzog again found the back of the net for his second goal of the day to cut Bethlehem’s lead to 3-2. After several attempts from the Riverhounds to find an equalizer, the Steel defense stood tall to take home the crucial match in a 3-2 fashion.
With the win, Bethlehem Steel improved their home record to 6-5-3 on the season. Steel FC will have a quick turnaround as they will be back in action this Wednesday when they host Tampa Bay Rowdies. Kick-off for this match is set for 3 p.m.
Bethlehem Steel FC 3, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 2
Shots: 11-9 (Bethlehem)
Shots On Goal: 4-4
Corners: 4-2 (Bethlehem)
Saves: 2-1 (Bethlehem)
BST – 5’ Adam Najem (Santi Moar)
BST – 8’ Cory Burke (Adam Najem)
BST – 37’ Cory Burke (Jake McGuire)
PGH – 40’ Corey Hertzog (PK)
PGH – 64’ Corey Hertzog (Chevy Walsh)
BST – 29’ Auston Trusty (Yellow Card)
PIT – 34’ Stephen Okai (Yellow Card)
PIT – 36’ Jamal Jack (Yellow Card)
BST – 41’Santi Moar (Yellow Card)
BETHLEHEM STEEL FC STARTING XI
Jake McGuire; Charlie Reymann, Auston Trusty, Hugh Roberts, Aaron Jones; James Chambers, Derrick; Santi Moar (Seku Conneh 69’), Adam Najem, Marcus Epps (Chris Nanco 45’), Cory Burke (Josh Heard 88').
Substitutes not used: Tomas Romero, Matthew Mahoney, Amoy Brown, Yosef Samuel.
PITTSBURGH RIVERHOUNDS STARTING XI
Matthew Perrella; Taylor Washington, Jamal Jack(Gale Agbossoumonde 45'), Tobi Adewole, Shannon Gomez; Stephen Okai, Victor Souto, Romeo Parkes (Kenroy Howell 70’), Kevin Kerr; Corey Hertzog; Kay Banjo (Chevaughn Walsh 61’)
Substitutes not used: Jack Thompson, Danny Earls, Richie Duffie, Brenden Alfery
Bardhyl Pashaj (Referee), Daniel Pannullo Jr (Assistant), Joshua Encarnacion (Assistant), Patrick Casey (Fourth)
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