The Harrisburg City Islanders are heading back on the road for their first match up of the season with Saint Louis FC on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
In their latest action, the Islanders took a tough loss at home to one of the best offenses in the USL. Harrisburg found their scoring ways again with two first-half goals from Lee Nishianian and Ropapa Mensah, but couldn’t overcome a converted penalty kick half way through the second half.
Harrisburg needs to string together wins if they want to make any push to get into the playoffs. Currently, the Islanders are in the next to last place in the standings but a small winning streak could bump them back into a fight for the final spot.
Saint Louis FC is one of those teams that the Islanders are looking up at in the tables. Saint Louis has 31 points and is in a real push to make the playoffs. They are led in scoring by Seth Rudolph with six goals and Christian Volesky with five.
Saint Louis is coming into the match having lost only one match in their last four games and another win will put them just one point out of a playoff spot.
Harrisburg’s offense looked to find more of its footing in the match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. They created a few more opportunities in the attacking third, plus were able to keep the pressure up on the defense.
For Harrisburg to string together wins, they will need to find the final quality to get the ball into the net. Brandon Miller let in three goals in the last match but his play kept the Islanders within striking distance with a few huge saves.
The Islanders return home on Wednesday, Sept. 12 to take on FC Cincinnati in one of their final home matches of the season. Harrisburg will have four straight home games and these will help decide the season for the Islanders.
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