Chester (PA) — The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team overcame adversity in a 2-1 road victory over Bethlehem Steel FC on Sunday night. Reduced down to 10-men in the 31st minute, the Independence's second half surge culminated in defender Hugh Robert's game-winning headed goal.
In an eventful first 45 minutes, the Independence struck early when Enzo Martinez's in-swinging corner kick connected with Aaron Maund. The score marked Maund's second headed goal of the season and Martinez's team-high eighth of the season.
However, Bethlehem would equalize in the 14th minute as Faris Pemi Moumbagna converted a penalty to even the score at the halftime break.
Even with one less player, the Independence managed to out-shoot Bethlehem in the second half. In the 67th minute, Independence defender Abdoulie Mansally perfectly placed a 35-yard free kick right towards Hugh Roberts who's headed shot beat the Bethlehem goalkeeper for the game-winning score.
The Independence will hit the road for the penultimate regular-season match versus Memphis 901 FC next Saturday, October 12th. The official watch party will be held at Jack's House Soccer Back and Event Space with kickoff scheduled for 8:00 PM ET. The Independence will return home for the final regular season home game on Saturday, October 19th for Kick Breast Cancer Night presented by Novant Health. Tickets are on sale at charlotteindependence.com.
Brandon Miller; Aaron Maund, Hugh Roberts, Chad Poarch (Clay Dimick – 25'), Abdoulie Mansally, Ricardo Bocanegra, Dominic Oduro, Alex Martinez, Valentin Sabella (Jake Areman – 64'), Jorge Herrera (Niki Jackson – 79'), Enzo Martinez
Matt Freese, Cole Turner, Olivier Mbaizo, Nathan Harriel, Wálter Cortés, Axel Picazo (Steve Kingue – 81'), Michee Ngalina, Chavany Willis (Saed Díaz – 71'), James Chambers , Zachary Zandi, Faris Pemi Moumbagna