The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team looks to snap a three-match winless stretch against the New England Mutiny on June 30.
Kickoff is 5 p.m. from Hofstra University Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
The Rough Riders come into the match following a 3-1 loss to New Jersey Copa FC on June 27. Alexis Williams put the home side ahead 1-0 in the 16th minute and two goals byTori Baliatico extended the advantage to 3-0 by the 81st minute. Shaniel Morgan found the back of the net in stoppage time as Long Island avoided the shutout.
“It was a difficult result to accept because we had the right mentality coming to the game,” first-year head coach Karim Diallo said. “The approach was good. We started the game very well, keeping possession and creating chances. We missed a couple of early chances, which in my opinion would’ve made it a different game. We just were not clinical enough in front of goal and sometimes ran out of ideas in the final third.”
The defeat drops the Rough Riders to 2-3-2 overall with eight points. Long Island trails UWS East Conference leaders Rochester Lancers (4-1-2) by six points with three matches remaining.
New England (3-2-2, 11 points) had its three-match unbeaten stretch snapped following a 1-0 defeat to Western NY Flash on June 24.
The key against the Mutiny is scoring first, rather than playing from behind, which has been an unfortunate trend for the Rough Riders most of this campaign.
“We will need to be better and more creative in the final third to have a chance on Saturday,” Diallo said. “I think it might sound like a broken record but it’s vital for us to score first and control the pace of the game. We know how tough it is to always play from behind; it’s going uphill. For once we will need to try and go downhill because it’s a lot easier.”
BY: Michael LoRé