USL Rewind: Wheeler and Warshaw lead Isles to victory

New Pennsylvania teams squared off for the first time Sunday, and Aaron Wheeler, formerly of the Philadelphia Union, scored two goals in as many minutes as Harrisburg City Islanders defeated Bethlehem Steel, 3-1.

Bobby Warshaw, who started his pro career with FC Dallas in 2011, scored the other goal -- his first for the Islanders -- in a victory that ended a three-game losing streak and boosted Harrisburg’s record to 3-5-1.

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Bethlehem struck back quickly after falling behind, 2-0, by scoring through an own goal in the 17th minute. The second goal never game, and Warshaw’s strike in the 63rd minute ensured the Islanders (3-3-3) five-game unbeaten streak would end.

The Union loaned defender Ken Tribbett to Bethlehelm for the match and Philly head coach Jim Curtin said during a conference call with reporters Monday that Tribbett could see time with the big club during a busy stretch of three MLS games in eight days. Tribbett scored three goals in 28 appearances last year, his first as a pro, to earn mention as a USL Rookie of the Year finalist.

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MONARCHS HALT SKID.Already mired in a five-game winless streak and trailing Orange County Blues FC at halftime, 1-0, RSL Monarchs needed inspiration. 

Ricardo Velasquez scored twice and assisted on a third goal to power the Monarchs (3-3-3) to a 3-1 victory that handed the Blues their first road loss of the season. A sixth-minute goal by Dusan Stevanovich provided a lead but their inability to defend set plays inflicted a defeat that dropped their record below the .500 mark at 3-4-2.

Five minutes into the second half Velasquez tied the match by getting his head to an Elder Torres free kick, and nine minutes later Alex Sundly knocked home Velasquez’s corner kick. In the 69th minute a Blues turnover freed Velasquez to slalom past several opponents and notch a clinching goal.

RHINOS STUNG BY NATIVE SON. A young pro usually has to go wherever his career takes him, and by duly doing his job, Rochester high school product Hadji Barry helped Orlando City B win a game Sunday night.

Last January the Lions traded up to claim Barry with the 13th overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft, and the graduate of Greece Olympia High School in Rochester scored both goals in a 2-1 victory. Barry, who played collegiately at UCF and is the first former Knight signed by Orlando City, connected on either side of halftime to render a late penalty kick by Steevan dos Santos irrelevant to the result.

The loss stopped Rochester's five-game unbeaten run and dropped its record to 4-2-2. Orlando City B is 3-5-2.

USL Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
Louisville City 21 points; NY Red Bulls II, Charleston 18; FC Cincinnati, Charlotte 17; Richmond 15; Rochester 14; Bethlehem Steel 12; Orlando City B 11; Harrisburg 10; Wilmington 9; Toronto FC 8; Pittsburgh 6; FC Montreal 0.
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Whitecaps FC 2 20 points; Colorado Springs 18; LA Galaxy II 17 points; Saint Louis FC, Rio Grande Valley II 14; Sac Republic FC 13; Real Monarchs 12; Orange County 11; Timbers 2, Swope Park Rangers, OKC Energy FC 10; San Antonio FC, Arizona United 9; Tulsa, Sounders FC 2 7.

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