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Steel FC Continues Winning Ways In 3-0 Shutout of Charlotte

By Bethlehem Steel FC Communications, 08/08/18, 10:00PM EDT


James Chambers, Omar Holness and Drew Skundrich strike for their second goals of 2018 as Steel FC picks up second-consecutive clean sheet

Led by a strong defensive effort and timely goals, Bethlehem Steel FC pushed its winning streak to three matches with a 3-0 shutout on the road at the Charlotte Independence.

Playing in the finale of a short two-game road swing in five days, Steel FC extended is shutout streak to 230 minutes with the result that seats the club above the Eastern Conference playoff line in sixth place at the night’s end.

Offensively, Steel FC continued its scoring ways as James Chambers, Omar Holness and Drew Skundrich each found the back of the net for the second time of 2018. Faris, Olivier Mbaizo and Santi Moar aided in the goals, with the trio each collected an assist. In net, Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Jake McGuire picked up his second consecutive shutout.

Playing in its second match in five days, Steel FC showed little fatigue as they came out firing early in the contest. In the second minute, Omar Holness fired a timely pass to lead Faris behind the Independence defense that forced a save by goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra. Steel FC kept on the front foot and struck in the seventh minute on the goal from Chambers. While Charlotte was able to deny a Michee Ngalina, Chambers fired a shot off Faris but received a perfect rebound that gave the veteran the chance he needed with a right-footed tally.

While Steel FC was denied goals by the far post early in the final half, Mbaizo and Holness sealed the club’s three-game winning streak in the 74th minute. The 20-year-old Cameroonian collected possession at the edge of the box and beat his defender inside for a run to the by-line. With the keeper and center backs closing in, Mbaizo laid a soft pass to Holness that fired into the back of the net.

Bethlehem Steel FC pushed its offensive total to 10 goals in three matches in the 89th minute on a counter attack goal from Moar and Skundrich. Collecting a pass at the edge of the box, Skundrich went to his left to Moar. The Spaniard raced in on goal forcing the keeper to commit before laying it back to Skundrich at the far post for the tap in goal.

Bethlehem Steel FC continues its four-match slate in 13 days with a return home for a showdown with in-state rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC. Kick off from Goodman Stadium on the campus of Lehigh University is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Bethlehem Steel FC 3, Charlotte Independence 0
Sportsplex at Matthews
Matthews, NC.

Shots: 21-17 (Bethlehem)
Shots On Goal: 9-4 (Bethlehem)
Corners: 7-7 (Charlotte)
Saves: 6-4 (Charlotte)

BST – 7’ James Chambers (Faris)
BST – 74’ Omar Holness (Olivier Mbaizo)
BST – 89’ Drew Skundrich (Santi Moar)

CLT – 35’ Kevan George (Yellow Card)
BST – 65’ Matt Real (Yellow Card)
BST – 90’ Drew Skundrich (Yellow Card)

Jake McGuire; Matt Real, Brandon Aubrey, Matt Mahoney, Olivier Mbaizo; James Chambers, Drew Skundrich; Santi Moar, Omar Holness (Brenden Aaronson 79’), Michee Ngalina (Chris Nanco 56’); Faris (Aidan Apodaca 63’).

Substitutes not used: Tomas Romero, Prosper Chiluya, Ben Ofeimu.

Andrew Dykstra; Sam Vines (Caleb Calvert 56’0, Je-Vaughn Watson, Bilal Duckett, Joel Johnson; Kay Voser, Kevan George; Jorge Herrera, Alex Martinez, Jake Areman (Mutaya Mwape 56’); Yann Ekra (Eamon Zayed 76’).

Substitutes not used: Brandon Miller, Henry Kalungi, Ricardo Perez, Greg Jordan.

Officials: Amin Hadzic, Benjamin Wotten (Assistant), Gregory Brigman (Assistant), Joshua Escobar (Fourth Official). 


  • Steel FC team captain James Chambers tallied his second goal of 2018 in the first half. The goal pushes Chambers’ career total to 10 goals, becoming the fifth player in club history to reach double-digit scoring. Chambers is tied for third all-time with Derrick Jones and Santi Moar.
  • On Chambers’ first-half strike, Faris picked up the second assist of his young career.
  • Midfielder Omar Holness made the most of his first Bethlehem Steel FC start, scoring for the second-consecutive contest.
  • Philadelphia Union defender Olivier Mbaizo picked up his third assist in two matches on the Holness goal and now ranks third this season in assists for the club.
  • Rookie midfielder Drew Skundrich scored his second goal of 2018 late in the contest.
  • Santi Moar picked up his seventh assist of 2018 on Skundrich’s goal, extending his franchise record to 13 career assists.
  • After making four saves on the night, Jake McGuire picked up his second-consecutive clean sheet. It was McGuire’s seventh shutout of his Steel FC career, one behind John McCarthy for the franchise lead.
  • Steel FC pushed its shutout streak to 230 minutes with the clean sheet at Charlotte. The last goal allowed was in the 40th minute against Atlanta United II.
  • Bethlehem Steel FC has scored 10 goals in its last three contests, the most ever in a three-game span in franchise history.

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