South Huntington, NY (May 24, 2012)- With the threat of a downpour in the air, the Long Island Rough Riders returned to Cy Donnelly Stadium for the second PDL game of the season. After losing to Reading United in the home opener, the Rough Riders were looking to bounce back. After a hard fought match, the Rough Riders had to settle for a 1-1 tie against the Baltimore Bohemians.
The newly branded Baltimore Bohemians were evenly matched with the Rough Riders, keeping the fans entertained throughout.
The first half of the game was fast paced and wide open. In the 39th minute the Rough Riders were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box on the right side of the field. Stephan Barea lined up to take the free kick and struck a perfectly placed ball in the top right corner of the net. Rough Rider fans celebrated, giving the Rough Riders a 1-0 lead going into halftime.
A common theme of the season thus far, has been poor starts to the second half. In the 49th minute the Bohemians were awarded a penalty shot that was scored by Christopher Summerville, tied score
Although there was plenty of time left in the game for both teams to get a result, intense downpours towards the end of the second half made it nearly impossible to move the ball across the field.
"The Rough Riders have been steadily improving as the team builds their chemistry," said Long Island Rough Riders Vice President Flavio Ferri, "It is still very early in the season and there is much to look forward to as the season progresses."
Be sure to support the Rough Riders as they continue the PDL 2012 Season at Cy Donnelly Stadium in South Huntington on Thursday, June 7th at 7:30pm as they take on the Bermuda Hogges.
For tickets, visit www.liroughriders.com/tickets or call the Rough Riders Office at 516.622.3900.
About The Long Island Rough Riders
The Rough Riders, Long Island’s hometown soccer team since 1994. In 1995 both the Rough Riders Men’s and Women’s teams won their first United Soccer League (USL) National Championship. Since their initial success, the Rough Riders Men’s team has gone on to win the 2nd Division National Championship in 2002 while the Rough Riders Women’s team qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008.
The Rough Riders are known for developing players including former US National Team members Chris Armas, Tony Meola, and MLS All Star Giovanni Savarese and Jimmy Rooney along with US Olympic Team Member and current Junior Rough Riders Coaching Director, John Diffley.
Box Score First Half Second Half Final
Long Island Rough Riders 1 0 1
Baltimore Bohemians 0 1 1
39th Minute-Rough Riders - Stephan Barea
49th Minute - Baltimore Bohemians - Christopher Summerville (Penalty Kick)
Rough Riders: Alex Naples, Danny Kramer, Stephan Barea (Dakota Barnathan -84), Tom Wharf, Adam Weinzimer, Gary Flood, Matt Wendelken (Sean Sepe-61), Ben Arikian, James Mulligan, Keith Detelj, Chris Megaloudis (Zach Kupfer-72)
Bohemians - Phillip Sounders, Marquez Fernandez, Oumar Ballo, Hugh Roberts, Garland Cannon, David Vaeth
(Kingley Onwuka - 87), Jereme Raleya (Pete Carings - 69), Andrew Bulls (Elton Joe - 77), Christian Barreiro (Brian Graham - 56), Kyle McCord (Mamadou Kansaye - 69), Christopher Summerville
LI Rough Riders Baltimore Bohemians
Shots 4 7
Saves 6 1
Fouls 4 8
Corners 6 5
Offside 4 2
Yellow Card - Andrew Bulls (Baltimore Bohemians) - 28th Minute
Yellow Card - Ben Arikian (Rough Riders) - 51st Minute
Yellow Card - Kyle McCord (Baltimore Bohemians) - 63rd Minute
Yellow Card - Keith Detelj (Rough Riders) - 76th Minute
Yellow Card - Brian Graham (Baltimore Bohemians) - 79th Minute
Referee: Robert Si Biga
Assistant Referees: Saam Jalayer, Joseph Zawistowski
Fourth Official: None
Weather: Cloudy / Spotty Showers, 63 Degrees
Contributor: Daniel Weberman
Photo Credit: Diane Faria