South Huntington, NY (Saturday, June 9, 2012) - The Long Island Rough Riders defeated the Westchester Flames 5-1, dominating the game in front of an excited home-town crowd at Cy Donnelly Stadium to complete the nightcap of the day’s doubleheader.
The Rough Riders are now on a two game winning streak after defeating the Bermuda Hogges 2-0 earlier in the week.
Rough Rider’s veteran Ben Arikian scored two goals in the first half and then another in the 48th minute, completing a hat trick. The team played it’s most consistent game of the year controlling the action from start to finish.
The game opened up further in the 68th minute when Sean Sepe was taken down inside the box and was awarded a penalty shot. Tyler Arnone took the shot for the Rough Riders and SCORED making the score now 4-0 in favor of the home side.
Less than a minute later Keith Detelj received a great pass from midfielder Sean Sepe. Detelj did was he does best, faked out the goalkeeper and scored in the empty net to make the score 5-0.
In the 85th minute Flames striker Jake Keegan scored off of a cross from Alex Rodier, making the score 5-1. With just minutes left on the clock, it was too little too late and the Rough Riders handedly won the match.
"The Rough Riders looked as sharp as they have all season," said Long Island Rough Riders Vice-President Flavio Ferri, "The team will play four pivotal away games in a row over the next two weeks that will determine what this team is made of."
Be sure to support the Rough Riders as they continue the 2012 PDL Season at Cy Donnelly Stadium (St. Anthony’s- South Huntington, NY) Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 7:30PM as they take on the Ocean City Nor’easters.
To purchase tickets for the match visit www.liroughriders.com/tickets or@contact the Rough Rider 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 2 3 5
Westchester Flames 0 1 1
25th Minute- Rough Riders- Ben Arikian (Aaron Dennis)
45th Minute- Rough Riders- Ben Arikian (Tyler Arnone)
48th Minute- Rough Riders- Ben Arikian (Keith Detelj)
68th Minute- Rough Riders- Tyler Arnone PK
68th Minute- Rough Riders- Keith Detelj (Sean Sepe)
85th Minute- Flames- Jake Keegan (Alex Rodier)
Rough Riders- Alex Naples, Adam Weinzimer (Akil Howard- 58), Timothy Parker, Kevin Garcia, Danny Kramer, Gary Flood, Ben Arikian (David Falcones- 74), Tyler Arnone (Thomas Booth- 85), Sean Sepe (Gerrasimos Magoulas- 74), Aaron Dennis (James Mulligan- 64), Keith Detelj
Flames- Josh Weiner, Diego Velasquez, Chris Denneu, Thomas Manz, Badir Sherman (Abe Chehebar- 58), Givoanie Esposito (Emmanuel Calixto- 77), Richard Hereida, Housainou Ogoo (Dimitri Antonopoulos- 58), David Pauchauo (Alex Rodier- 74), Nico Wright, Jake Keegan
Rough Riders Flames
Shots (Total) 16 8
Saves 2 5
Fouls 7 12
Corners 3 3
Offside 6 1
Yellow Card- Keith Detelj (Rough Riders)- 12th Minute
Yellow Card- Richard Hereida (Flames)- 21st Minute
Yellow Card- Thomas Manz (Flames)- 29th Minute
Yellow Card- Abe Chehebar (Flames)- 76th Minute
Referee: Saam Jalayer
Assistant Referees: Lahoucine Kharmaj, Rafal Wlazlo
Fourth Official: None
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 71 Degrees
Contributor: Dan Weberman
Photo Credit: Diane Faria