The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team looks to extend its unbeaten United Women’s Soccer run as they host the Rochester Lancers on Saturday evening.
Kickoff is 5 p.m. from Hofstra University Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.
Long Island (2-1-1), unbeaten in its last three matches, is coming off a 3-1 comeback win against New York Surf on June 6. The Rough Riders trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes, a deficit that remained at halftime, but scored three second-half goals (Taylor Elliott 64′, Kerianne Scorce 70′, Marisa Garcia 90′) to rally for the victory.
The Rough Riders also trailed Rochester after 26 minutes on June 3, rallying for a 1-1 draw, and fell behind 1-0 to Western New York Flash after two minutes in a 5-2 comeback win on June 2.
“For whatever reason we’ve had slow starts to our games,” first-year head coach Karim Diallo said. “It is something we as a group are very much aware of, and are eager to change this trend. We have been able to pick it up and get positive results after going down, but it definitely is a bad habit to start the games slow.
“We know one of these days we might not be able to come back, so we have to mentally turn it on from the time we step on the field.”
The Lancers (1-1-2) haven’t played since the 1-1 draw against Long Island on June 3. Rochester duo Elin Eklund and Brooke Barbuto have four goals apiece (tied for second-best in UWS) and nine points each (t-2 in UWS).
Long Island is currently tied for second in the East Conference with New England Mutiny (2-1-1) at seven points. Connecticut Fusion (3-1-0) lead the pack with nine points.
After wrapping up this two-game homestand, the Rough Riders hit the road for a pair of matches against the Fusion (June 16) and New Jersey Copa FC (June 27).
“I believe, and the players agree, that we have not consistently performed to the best of our abilities,” Diallo said. “We hope to start that Saturday and carry it on for the rest of the season.”
BY: Michael LoRé