With the latest chapter of Bethlehem Steel FC now written, it’s time to reflect back on all the memorable moments that 2018 brought.
It was a historic season in which the club rose to new heights with a sixth-place finish in the USL Eastern Conference and the organization’s first postseason win. All this was done while the club continued to push the boundary of developing talent and decreasing its average age.
Let’s take a look back at the numbers from this truly memorable Bethlehem Steel FC campaign:
4: Different games in which a player had two assists (Cory Burke 5/16 vs. NY, Santi Moar 6/2 at NC, Chris Nanco 6/20 vs. NY, Fabian Herbers 6/30 vs. CLT).
5: Assists collected by Brenden Aaronson, the most in club history by a player on an amateur contract.
7: Goals scored by rookie Michee Ngalina, the most in 2018. Ngalina needed just 26 shots and 17 on frame to reach the leading mark.
8: Wins by Steel FC at Goodman Stadium this season, the most in its three seasons on the campus of Lehigh University.
8: Rounds of penalty kicks that Steel FC went against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds to claim the organization’s first postseason win.
9: Clean sheets that Steel FC picked up this season, the most in a single season.
9: Assists by Santi Moar who rewrote the club’s history books once again.
14: Victories claimed by Steel FC this season, a club record.
16: Different players that collected an assist this season.
21: Different players that scored a goal for Steel FC, six more players than the previous record established in 2017.
23: Average age for Bethlehem Steel FC based on minutes played this season.
35: Players at suited up for the boys in blue this season.
36: Matches that Bethlehem Steel FC played in 2018.
36: Different starting XI’s that Steel FC had, marking the first time in club history that every single match had a different starting lineup.
48: Assists that Steel FC combined for, once again a new club record.
50: Points earned from the 34-match schedule.
51: Chances created by Santi Moar during the run of play.
58: Amount of goals scored in 2018 across all competitions, another single-season record.
70: Minute that Michee Ngalina scored Bethlehem Steel FC’s first postseason goal at Pittsburgh. The goal forced extra time in which Steel FC ultimately prevailed.
74: Saves by goalkeeper Jake McGuire.
1,894: Passes by team captain James Chambers.
3,049: Minutes played by defender Matthew Mahoney in 2018, the most in a single-season by a Steel FC player.
7,807: Minutes played of professional experience gained by players under the age of 20.