In the Union’s annual friendly match against the Harrisburg City Islanders, it was Antoine Hoppenot who scored the game-winning goal en route to a 4-2 win over their USL Pro affiliates.
“This is always an important game for our club and our affiliate, Harrisburg,” Union coach John Hackworth said. “Our relationship is strong and we depend on them to be one of our developmental arms for our players, so to play them at their home field in front of a good crowd is always good.”
Despite the difference in talent and experience, Harrisburg gave the Union a run for their money. The energy and competitiveness of the match was evident from the get-go, as Brian Carroll and the Union struck first in the fourth minute before Harrisburg’s Steven Basso knotted it up in the 13th minute.
Six minutes later, Sebastien Le Toux responded to Harrisburg’s equalizer. A recipient of a free kick by Keon Daniel, Le Toux buried it to put the Union up 2-1 at halftime.
Harrisburg’s Sainey Touray tied the game up in the 60th minute after receiving a feed from teammate Luckymore Mkosana. In the 69th minute, however, Hoppenot put the Union up for good after Leo Fernandez tiptoed the right goal line and managed to slip the ball to a streaking Hoppenot.
Roger Torres added an insurance tally in the 90th minute.
“I was happy with the worth ethic in both halves, the mentality was correct on our part and there were some good moments of soccer, as well,” Hackworth said. “In these kinds of games, you want to make sure you get out of it what you go into it trying to accomplish, and we did that tonight.”