The Harrisburg City Islanders and Pittsburgh Riverhounds are set to meet for the final leg of the K&L Gates and The Pennsylvania Lottery Keystone Derby Cup Saturday, August 12 at 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh is currently in the lead of the season series with one win and a draw in the first two matches of the 2017 competition. This is the second match in Harrisburg and if the Islanders win, they will retain possession of the cup.
A win for the Islanders would also vault them right back into the playoffs, despite a recent drought of points. Pittsburgh sits right below Harrisburg in the Eastern Conference standings and both teams have 24 points on the season.
Harrisburg lost only their second match at home against Rochester on Tuesday night and looks to break a five-game winless streak overall.
The City Islanders have struggled as of late to get the ball into the net due to a constant change in the lineup to replace goal scorers like Aaron Wheeler and Cardel Benbow. Ropapa Mensah had a run of scoring at home but has since cooled off.
Against Rochester, Paul Wilson looked like he was prime for a goal against Rochester. He had several high-quality chances but couldn’t get it into the back of the net. Jonny Mendoza is another player who is vital to offensive production. Mendoza has the ability to use his speed and skill to stretch the field.
Pittsburgh comes into the match, much like the Islanders – they need a win. The Riverhounds are winless in their last five matches which include four draws. Corey Hertzog is still the leading scorer for the Riverhounds, but they have a bevy of players who have notched goals this season.
The Islanders will host Derby Day in a big way on Saturday with 1,000 drawstring bag giveaways and post match fireworks provided by Highmark. Prior to the match, the Capital City Crew and the Feel Your Boobies Foundation will host a pregame party from 4:30-6:30 at Skyline Sports Complex, where fans can enjoy beer from Boneshire Brew Works, food from Jazzeryn’s Catering, and music from Wink 104. The admission is FREE and the whole family is invited!
The Islanders won’t see anymore action on the pitch until they head back out on the road next Wednesday, August 23 to compete against Louisville City FC. They will return to Harrisburg on Wednesday, September 6 to host the Tampa Bay Rowdies and International Night at FNB Field.