The Long Island Rough Riders played their final home games, Sunday, at Cy Donnelly Stadium. Both the Women and Men team could move up in the standings with three points, making the results crucial.
The Men’s 2016 season finished with the Rough Riders in third place. The Rough Riders capped their season with a 3-0 victory at home against FA Euro New York. The Rough Riders just missed out on the playoffs because of inconsistency. They were unable to earn consecutive victories throughout the season.
The Rough Riders closed the 2016 campaign with seven points in their final three games, including a win over the first-place GPS Portland Phoenix. Plenty of Rough Riders impressed during the 2016 season. Dominic Marshall was a catalyst for the attack and scored six goals on the year. Daniel Gwyther lead the team in minutes played and anchored the defense.
The biggest star of the 2016 season was Junior Rosero. Rosero was the team’s leading scorer with eight goals in nine games. Rosero took his game to the next level in the season’s final five games. Rosero notched seven goals in those last five games, including a brace in the season finale.
The Rough Riders were pleased to finish near the top of the table, but will strive for a playoff spot next season.
The Women’s 2016 season finished with the Rough Riders in third place. The Rough Riders wrapped up a top-two finish with a draw, Wednesday, against the TSF Academy Valkyries.
The biggest key to the Rough Riders season was their defense. The Rough Riders only allowed 10 goals, the least allowed in the Eastern Conference. The Rough Riders have confident veterans in defense and the goalkeeper, Melissa Guglielmo, emerged as a star. Guglielmo finished with the third most saves in the United Women’s Soccer League.
Christina Bellero led the Rough Riders attack. Bellero scored six goals in her eight games played, including a brace in the home-finale. Bellero’s goal total was the third best in the league.
The Rough Riders have a lot to look forward to after finishing second in the United Women’s Soccer League’s inaugural season. The Rough Riders finished behind New Jersey Copa FC, who were unbeaten against every team but the Rough Riders. Rough Riders grabbed a win and a draw in their meetings with New Jersey Copa FC, and will carry that momentum into next season.