FC Cincinnati dropped three points and earned another red card on Saturday when they fell to Bethlehem Steel FC at Goodman stadium in Pennsylvania. The Orange and Blue piled-up opportunities in this contest, and dominated the second half, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Substitute Andy Craven’s 95th minute red card is the team’s third in as many matches, and their fourth of the season.
5 – The total number of shots produced by Steel FC in the match. Compare this to 21 total shots by FC Cincinnati. In the second half, the only shots on target for either team were the 2 produced by Bethlehem. One of the two was Hugh Roberts’ game winning headed goal that came from a looping cross in the 87th minute.
2 – The number of FC Cincinnati shots that hit the goal frame in the second half. Alan Koch’s team created quality chances and came agonizingly close to scoring the opening goal of the match. In the 75th minute, Corben Bone pulled a clever pass back to Andy Craven whose close range effort hit the crossbar. In the 82nd minute, Aodhan Quinn’s free kick ricocheted off the post.
The following graphic from the USL site courtesy of Opta shows FC Cincinnati’s 10 second half shots, all off-target. Shots that hit the goal frame are shots off-target.
8 – FC Cincinnati’s point total after seven matches played, putting them in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Compare this to the 13 total points FC Cincinnati earned after seven matches of their 2016 season. The Charleston Battery currently lead the Eastern Conference on that same total of 13 points. The down side of having a great inaugural season is that it set expectations very high for the current campaign, and will continue to be a point of comparison.
While the finishing and the red card were disappointing, this is a result where FC Cincinnati fans can feel a bit unlucky. The team was dominant for good portions of the match. They created enough chances to win. Had one of those two shots off the post gone in, today’s conversation would likely sound very different.
FC Cincinnati continues their travels next week. They will face the Richmond Kickers at City Stadium in Virginia next Saturday. Richmond currently sits in 12th place after a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rowdies.