Michee Ngalina scores two goals as Athletic record a 2-0 win

Hartford Athletic 2, Pittsburgh 0

Winger Michee Ngalina scored twice as Hartford Athletic defeated Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 2-0 on Saturday night. Ngalina scored both goals in the opening 20 minutes and struck first in the fifth minute after pulling down a long ball from Triston Hodge, taking two touches and firing it past Riverhounds goalkeeper Jacob Randolph.

The 24-year-old from the Democratic Republic of Congo scored again in the 16th minute, tapping in Deshane Beckford’s cross. It was Ngalina’s team-leading fifth goal of the season. Hartford held off Pittsburgh the rest of the way to secure its fifth win of the season, one more than last year. The Athletic (5-1-7, 16 points) climbed to eighth in the USL Eastern Conference standings.

Hartford Yard Goats 1, Akron 0

There was a good old-fashioned pitchers’ duel on Father’s Day as Connor Van Scoyoc pitched five scoreless innings and the Yard Goats’ bullpen shut the door in a 1-0 shutout win on Sunday afternoon. Five different Yard Goats relievers combined to hold the Akron RubberDucks scoreless over the final four frames. Bladimir Restituyo scored the only run of the game with an RBI double in the second inning. The Yard Goats (34-28) remained in first place in the Eastern League Northeast standings.