July 1, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--Toronto FC II vs Harrisburg City Islanders match recap (from uslsoccer.com)

City Islanders Hold Late, Down TFC II
By NICHOLAS MURRAY - nicholas.murray@uslsoccer.com, 07/01/17, 7:03PM EDT 

Ribeiro has goal, assist as Harrisburg wins seven-goal thriller

VAUGHAN, Ont. – The Harrisburg City Islanders took back-to-back victories for the second time 
this season as they defeated Toronto FC II 4-3 at the Ontario Soccer Centre on Saturday evening. 
Harrisburg (4-7-4, 16pts) missed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the eight minute 
when James Thomas shot wide after TFC II goalkeeper Mark Pais had been forced off his line 
to block an initial shot by Pedro Ribeiro, leaving the net open. Ribeiro gave the visitors 
the lead in the 23rd minute, however, as he curled home a free kick on the right side of the 
penalty area into the left corner of the net. Five minutes later TFC II (2-9-5, 11pts) leveled 
as Mitchell Taintor volleyed home a free kick by Luca Uccello, but Harrisburg regained the 
lead quickly as Ribeiro’s low cross found Jake Bond for a close-range finish. Uccello hit 
back with 10 minutes to go in the half, adding to his earlier assist, as he put home 
a chance created by Aikim Andrews, but the City Islanders regained the lead again three 
minutes after the break as Brandon Aubrey turned home an own goal after Jake Bond’s initial 
shot had been saved. Ten minutes later Paul Wilson added a fourth for the visitors as Ribeiro 
and Thomas combined to create a chance for Thomas that Pais saved, only for Wilson to put 
home the rebound. City Islanders midfielder Danny DiPrima almost found the net with 19 minutes 
to go, only for Pais to tip his effort over, and three minutes later TFC II pulled a goal 
back as Andrews fired home from the right side of the penalty area. TFC II was unable 
to capitalize on a late chance for Malik Johnson, however, as Harrisburg earned another 
valuable victory.

 23’ – HAR – Pedro Ribeiro
 28’ – TOR – Mitchell Taintor (Luca Uccello)
 31’ – HAR – Jake Bond (Pedro Ribeiro)
 35’ – TOR – Luca Uccello (Aikim Andrews)
 48’ – HAR – Own Goal (Brandon Aubrey)
 58’ – HAR – Paul Wilson
 74’ – TOR – Aikim Andrews (Ricardo John)
•#TORvHAR: Full Match and Opta Box Score

Three Things That Matter:

•1. Having found the net for the first time this season last Saturday night in Harrisburg’s 
surprise 1-0 win against Louisville City FC, the hope was it would spur Pedro Ribeiro 
to even greater heights. If his performance against TFC II is an indicator, Ribeiro is ready 
to take on that challenge. The Brazilian scored a good goal, but it was his play outside 
his second tally in as many games that really caught the eye as he helped set up two other 
goals for the City Islanders, including a powerful run that saw him turn the corner on his 
marker on the left and produce a pinpoint low cross to give Jake Bond a tap-in finish. 
Aaron Wheeler’s absence has hindered Harrisburg’s attack. Ribeiro could be in the right 
position now to rekindle it.

•2. Coming off their heaviest defeat of the season last Saturday, Toronto FC II produced 
a far more resilient performance that saw Luca Uccello and Aikim Andrews both notch 
a goal and assist, and made things interesting all the way until the final whistle. 
Saturday was the first game this season TFC II has notched multiple goals, and all three 
were very nicely taken as the technical ability the club’s young players possess was 
on display. The playoff positions are even further away than they were before the game, 
but there were far more positives to be taken than seven days ago.

•3. Harrisburg posted back-to-back victories in the league since wins against the 
New York Red Bulls II and Bethlehem Steel FC in April earlier this year, and the 
City Islanders have started to claw their way back toward the Eastern Conference playoff 
positions. The road remains a difficult one for the City Islanders as they need to gain 
ground on a number of clubs ahead of them, but there is at least hope this side 
is capable of finding the net more consistently which will should keep it in the running.

USLSoccer.com Man of the Match

Pedro Ribeiro, Harrisburg City Islanders – Ribeiro’s goal and assist highlighted 
a strong all-around performance to give Harrisburg an important win on the road.

Upcoming Games:
Toronto FC II vs. Ottawa Fury FC – July 8, 7:30 p.m. ET, Ontario Soccer Centre
Harrisburg City Islanders at Rochester Rhinos – July 8, 6:05 p.m. ET, Capelli Sport Stadium

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