Bethlehem Steel FC earned a 3-0 victory over FC Motown in a preseason scrimmage on Sunday, February 10. Central defender Ben Ofeimu was on the pitch for his first minutes since officially signing with Steel FC; the former Union academy player played with the club’s first team during Leg One of preseason in St. Pete-Clearwater, Florida last week.
Steel FC controlled possession throughout the early phases of the match, forcing FC Motown to do most of the early running and creating confusion along the opponents’ backline. The hosts were finally rewarded for their efforts in the 22nd minute when Saed Diaz rocketed a curving ball past the Motown keeper after Faris left the ball for his strike partner to run onto.
Nathan Harriel, a Union academy player, built on Steel FC’s lead 20 minutes later. Faris found his teammate with a well-placed pass and Harriel danced around FC Motown defenders and into the box before putting the ball into the net. The game was put out of reach just one minute later when Zach Zandi slotted home the final goal of the match in the 43rd minute, with team captain James Chambers and a trialist providing the assists.
The match was a solid start to Bethlehem Steel FC’s in-market preseason training and marked the second consecutive match in which the team has scored three goals. Ofeimu made a strong showing in his first match of the 2019 preseason with Steel FC, helping the club to keep a shutout and turning away all challengers from FC Motown.
Bethlehem Steel FC is back in action on Wednesday, February 13 when they face West Chester United in a closed-door scrimmage.
BST – Saed Diaz (Faris) 22’, Nathan Harriel* (Faris) 42’, Zach Zandi (James Chambers, Trialist) 43’
Bethlehem Steel FC: Tomas Romero* (Kris Shakes* 46’) – Trialist (JD Wagner* 60’), Trialist (Sekou Soumah* 60’), Ben Ofeimu (Michael Pellegrino* 60’), Nathan Harriel* (Tonny Temple* 60’) – Cole Turner*, James Chambers (Danny Flores* 60’), Zach Zandi (Selmir Miscic 60’), Trialist (Nick Blacklock* 60’) – Faris (Shanyder Borgelin* 60'), Saed Diaz
* = Union Academy