Bethlehem Steel FC played Lehigh University’s men’s soccer team Wednesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex at Lehigh University. With goals from Derrick Jones and Seku Conneh, Steel FC captured the 2-1 victory as they prepare for Sunday’s match against Charleston Battery.
For Jamie Luchini, who joined Steel FC on April 6 from Lehigh University, it was a unique experience as he played against his old teammates.
“It was an interesting experience and not something I think I could have prepared for in terms of being in the away locker room and sitting on the away bench,” Luchini said. “There were little jokes throughout the game and it is something I was glad to do. Winning a game is always something you want.”
Bethlehem Steel FC started the match with Samir Badr in goal and Matt Real, Auston Trusty, Mickey Daly and Ryan Richter in defense. Bolu Akinyode and James Chambers played holding midfield roles with Derrick Jones, Amoy Brown, Jamie Luchini in the attacking midfield. Seku Conneh played the lone forward and created several chances for Steel FC.
Trusty, Lamine Conte, Mark McKenzie, Matt Real, Freeman Dwamena, Anthony Fontana, Alex Soto and Raheem Taylor-Parks from the Philadelphia Union Academy joined the squad and got minutes during friendly.
Conneh scored in the seventh minute to make the game 1-0 in favor of Steel FC, which marked the beginning of quite a bit of action during the first half. Lehigh equalized just a few minutes later to make the score 1-1 before Conneh scored the game winner with thirty minutes left in the first half.
“The soccer relationship between Lehigh and us is real and it is growing,” Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke said. “It is its infancy but it is a good one.”
Bethlehem Steel FC return to Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium this Sunday, April 24, to face Charleston Battery at 3 p.m. A limited amount of tickets are still available and can be purchased at 844-SteelFC or online at www.philadelphiaunion.com/steelfc/tickets.