After falling behind on an unfortunate goal, Bethlehem Steel FC equalized less than a minute later from an unusual source as defender Matt Real collected his first professional goal.
After play resumed following the visitor’s goal, Real collected a James Chambers pass and dribbled into the offensive side of the field. After a volley to Moar was defended by Saint Louis FC, the 18-year-old defender won the ball back against a pair of defenders. With the ball inside the 18-yard-box, Real beat the keeper on the near post to tie the match.
Following the match, Real said the goal came from his mindset that he’s been working on during the regular season.
"Positive energy leads to positive things and a negative thing happened to us, which was the unlucky goal, so I decided that I had to lift the team up with some positive energy and I put my head down and kept going,” Real said. “Obviously, your first professional goal is great regardless of the circumstance but it was great that I was able to contribute to the team and help us tie it.”
Real will look to bring even more positive energy when Steel FC embarks on the club’s first USL Cup Playoff appearance against Eastern Conference Champions Louisville City FC. Kickoff from Louisville Slugger Field is set for 7:30 p.m.