City Islanders Continue their Playoff Push with 3-2 Victory
Derschang brace extends Isles’ win streak to 4
HARRISBURG, PA- Robbie Derschang’s brace lead the Harrisburg City Islanders (9-8-6) to their biggest win of the season, a 3-2 victory over USL PRO leading Orlando City SC (15-2-4). The Isles, in front of a crowd of over 2,000 fans, extended their win streak to four games as they continue to climb the USL PRO table.
The first half was packed full of action as the Islanders claimed a two score halftime advantage despite being outshot by Orlando City, five shots to three. Robbie Derschang was the star of the first half, recording both scores for the home side. In the 21st minute, he first netted a free kick from 20 yards out, beating Orlando City keeper Miguel Gallardo-Aparicio to the upper right corner. Derschang then took advantage of a 30th minute penalty kick, this time beating the Orlando net-minder down the middle as Gallardo-Aparicio dove to his left.
Orlando City created plenty of first half opportunities, though Kevin Molino, USL PRO points leader, could not cash in on any of his four shots. His best chance was denied by Harrisburg keeper Nick Noble, who fell to his hip to make a spectacular foot save. Molino constantly found the ball in open space, but the Isles’ back line held firm to keep the first half clean sheet intact.
The second half was equally exciting, beginning with an Islanders’ penalty kick opportunity in the 47th minute. Morgan Langley was taken down in the box to give Antione Hoppenot a shot from the spot. Hoppenot would see his shot sail over the frame to keep the score 2-0. However, Hoppenot would redeem himself after Yann Ekra sent a nice through-ball, springing a breakaway for the Philadelphia Union loanee and resulting in a Harrisburg score.
Orlando City showed their resilience and would storm back in the second half, as Molino would use his head to finally find the net after a lob from Justin Clark in the 81st minute. That score was followed by an 87th minute goal from Giuseppe Gentile, who was found by Adama Mbengue. The late burst wouldn’t be enough as Orlando City suffered the second loss of their season.
The City Islanders will return to action when they visit the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Orlando City SC on Saturday, August 16th. Harrisburg’s next home match will come on August 28th when the Philadelphia Union will visit Skyline Sports complex for an affiliate friendly.