Steel FC Shuts Out Toronto FC II 2-0
Michee Ngalina and Aidan Apodaca propel Steel FC to fourth win in five matches
ROCHESTER, NY. (August 16, 2018) – Bethlehem Steel FC scored twice in the final 20 minutes to take a 2-0 victory against Toronto FC II on Thursday night at Marina Auto Stadium. Michee Ngalina and Aidan Apodaca both found the net as Steel FC moved into fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings after taking its fourth victory in the past five games.
Bethlehem opened on the front foot as midfielder James Chambers forced a save from Toronto FC II goalkeeper Caleb Patterson-Sewell with a curling shot from distance in the fifth minute. Another chance arrived three minutes later as Ngalina also tested the TFC II shot-stopper.
Toronto’s first good chance came in the 19th minute when Kyle Bjornethun found Tsubasa Endoh in the penalty area, only for the attacking midfielder to fail to control the cross, allowing Steel FC’s defense to clear. Three minutes later Bethlehem’s Matt Real threatened from the right side of the penalty area, but TFC II defender Lars Eckenrode closed down the effort and blocked the shot to safety.
Patterson-Sewell had to come up big again in the 27th minute with a low save from a Steel FC corner kick to keep the game scoreless. Five minutes later Toronto had its own chance from a corner, but Eckenrode’s overhead finish went off the top of the crossbar and behind for a goal kick as the game remained scoreless at halftime.
Bethlehem threatened again six minutes into the second half when Drew Skundrich’s shot from just inside the penalty area was saved by Patterson-Sewell, while Toronto’s Shaan Hundal had a chance in the 58th minute that was kept out by a diving save by Steel FC goalkeeper Jake McGuire. Patterson-Sewell then came up big again in the 67th minute as Faris had a point-blank chance for Steel FC.
Steel FC broke through with 20 minutes to go, however, as a breakaway chance for Ngalina off a through-ball by Skundrich allowed the Congolese forward to slide home his finish past the advancing goalkeeper. Faris almost added a second six minutes later only for his curled finish to carom off the left post, but Bethlehem wrapped up victory in the 82nd minute as second-half substitute Apodaca was played in by Brenden Aaronson and finished.
Bethlehem Steel FC continues its quest for a second-consecutive USL Cup Playoff appearance next week against Ottawa Fury FC on Wednesday, August 22. The match could prove pivotal for both sides as they look to solidify their playoff position in the Eastern Conference. Kick off from Goodman Stadium on the campus of Lehigh University is scheduled for 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Service Electric and ESPN+.