The Harrisburg City Islanders start their four-game trip traveling to Goodman Stadium to take on the Bethlehem Steel FC today at 5 p.m. ET. Here are some notes you should know heading into the in-state rivals’ fifth meeting.
What you need to know:
Harrisburg has not lost to Bethlehem since their inaugural season in 2016. They have met four times with the Islanders walking away victorious in three of those games. The Islanders have been the home team in two of those games, going 1-0-1, while posting an undefeated 2-0-0 record on the road. Their lone draw came at FNB Field in their last meeting of the 2016 season ending 2-2.
History of Bethlehem Steel FC – Harrisburg City Islanders
May 22, 2016 – Harrisburg City Islanders beat the Bethlehem Steel FC, 3-1 at Clipper Magazine Stadium
July 21, 2016 – Harrisburg City Islanders beat the Bethlehem Steel FC, 1-0 at Goodman Stadium
August 30, 2016 – Harrisburg City Islanders tied with the Bethlehem Steel FC, 2-2 at FNB Field
April 15, 2017 – Harrisburg City Islanders beat Bethlehem Steel FC, 3-2 at FNB Field
In their latest meeting, April 15, 2017, the Islanders squeaked away with a 3-2 victory thanks to Cardel Benbow’s 90th minute goal. Aaron Wheeler in the 9th minute and Paul Wilson in the 21st minute contributed to their third victory over the Steel.
For the Steel, Moar hit the back of the net in the 38th minute, while Nanco tied the game up in the 64th minute before Benbow came through for the Islanders. Both Moar’s and Nanco’s goals were the first of their careers.
Who to Watch For:
Sean Lewis stepped in to make his first start in net on Wednesday in the Keystone Derby Cup against in-state rival, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. The 25-year old faced 5 shots in his first appearance earning a clean sheet thanks to terrific defense in front of him. Lewis is one of three goalies that have been used this year, Brandon Miller and Nick Noble being the other two.
Seku Conneh leads the Steel in minutes played (741), goals (4), points (9), shots (25), shots on target (1), fouls won (22), and yellow cards (3). The 21 year-old forward will be making his 9th start of the season and has played in every game against the Islanders in his team’s two-year history. Conneh, with a penalty kick against Cincinnati, became the team’s all-time leading goal scorer with 6 in 26 games. Former one-day Islander, Ryan Ritcher, was one of three players tied for the team’s record. Conneh is two goals away from breaking the single season goal record.
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