By JOHN BOSCHINI
The Richmond Kickers had to drop points eventually.
After an eight-game winning streak kicked off their season in style, the Kickers were held to a 1-1 draw with the Harrisburg City Islanders. Richmond continues to be the only unbeaten team left in the USL Pro and holds a one-point lead with two games in hand over Antigua Barracuda FC in the Atlantic Division.
Antigua dropped behind Richmond after suffering a 2-0 loss to the Rochester Rhinos. The win sends Rochester up to second in the National Division, four points behind the slumping Los Angeles Blues.
The Blues gave the visiting Charlotte Eagles their first win of the season with a 1-0 defeat in California. Charlotte still sits at the bottom of the American Division and has a lot of ground to make up if the Eagles are to make a playoff push.
FC New York also got its first win of the season with a 1-0 victory over the Charleston Battery but couldn't sustain that momentum and fell 3-1 to the Wilmington Hammerheads the next day.
Orlando City kept pressure on Antigua and Richmond with a 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Orlando extended its unbeaten streak to six games.
Here is a look back at the results in the USL Pro.
FC New York 1, Charleston Battery 0:A first-half goal from Graciano Brito gave FC New York its first win of the season. Steven Diaz made four saves to keep his second clean sheet of the season
Richmond Kickers 1, Harrisburg City Islanders 1:Nelson Becerra's penalty kick in the second half broke the deadlock but Richmond salvaged a point with a late goal from substitute Shaka Bangura. Matthew Declicate provided an assist to take his point total to 13 on the season.
Rochester Rhinos 2, Antigua Barracuda FC 0:Kendall Jagdeosingh and Tyler Rosenlund scored within seven minutes of each other early in the second half to record the victory. JC Banks provided assists for both goals.
Wilmington Hammerheads 3, FC New York 1:Chris Banks scored after just 15 minutes to give Wilmington an early lead. Graciano Brito equalized two minutes later but Wilmington retook the lead just two minutes after that with a goal from Chris Banks. Jyler Noviello added an insurance goal in the 90th minute.
Orlando City 1, Pittsburgh Riverhounds 0:Kevin Molino scored after just three minutes but Orlando City couldn't add to the lead despite outshooting Pittsburgh 17-5.
Charlotte Eagles 2, Los Angeles Blues 1: Weston Roberts gave Charlotte the lead after 15 minutes. LA seemed to have salvaged a draw with a goal in the 75th minute but a 90th minute penalty kick from Jorge Herrera gave the Eagles the victory.
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The Blues had also beaten Charlotte 2-1 two days prior to losing to them.