The Harrisburg City Islanders are coming off their first win in over two months and look to keep rolling when they face FC Cincinnati at FNB Field tomorrow, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
After going goalless for six games, the Islanders have found the back of the net four times in their last two matches against quality opponents. They got two goals in a loss at home to the Tampa Bay Rowdies and followed that up with another two-goal performance against Saint Louis.
The last goal in the match against Saint Louis might be one of the most impactful for the Islanders yet this season. Pedro Ribeiro was brought on this team for his killer instincts for goals and his stoppage-time game-winner showed what he can bring to the table.
Ribeiro was one of four different goal scorers over the two game span. Ropapa Mensah, Lee Nishanian, and Jake Bond all notched goals to help the Islanders play two of their best games of the second half of the season.
Harrisburg is currently in 13th place in the league but a long home-stand, that keeps the Islanders at home for four straight games, can make the difference in making or missing the playoffs. Harrisburg has only four matches all season at home and looks to continue that trend starting with FC Cincinnati.
In their last match, FC Cincinnati took advantage of a beleaguered Islanders team who was on their fourth game in under two weeks. Harrisburg looked flat and FC Cincinnati took down the Islanders 3-0.
Harrisburg will be on their third game in less than a week and will continue to roll on with another match on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Sean Lewis got the start against Saint Louis FC and looked good in goal. Miller should be expected to start after getting almost a full week break, but Lewis’ performance away from FNB Field could have head coach Bill Becher thinking about keeping him in net.
Harrisburg stays at home with four matches in a row starting with the FC Cincinnati match. The next match is Saturday, Sept. 16 against Toronto FC II at 7:00 p.m.