Match preview: Rough Riders at Lancaster
Jun 2019

The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team looks to make it four wins in a row as they visit the Lancaster Inferno on June 15.

Kickoff is 5 p.m. from Millersville University in Millersville, Pa.

Long Island (4-2-0) sits atop the United Women’s Soccer East Conference at 12 points thanks to three consecutive shutout victories. The Rough Riders defeated New Jersey Copa FC 2-0 on May 22, Rochester Lancers 2-0 on June 2 and Worcester Smiles 6-0 on June 5.

“It’s great to be where we’re at in the table, but the goal hasn’t changed, so we are not going to settle for just that,” head coach Karim Diallo said. “We take it one game at the time with the main objective being to go all the way.”

What makes Long Island’s three straight shutouts even more impressive is each game has featured a different goalkeeper between the pipes. Alana Olivieri made five saves against NJ Copa, Melissa Guglielmo had four against Rochester and Shannon Gray blanked the Smiles.

Defenders Mia Daly, Amanda Buck, Allyson Banner, Kelly Eagan and Sabrina Blaskovic have created an impenetrable wall in front of their goalies, while the midfielders and forwards have also chipped in with the team’s defensive efforts.

Not only have the Rough Riders been a tough nut to crack on defense, the team has also found its scoring touch. Long Island leads the division with 16 goals for. Grace Hawkins and Kayla Saager have scored three goals apiece, while Kim Marra and Kerianne Scorce each have two as nine different players have found the back of the net in 2019.

“Scoring was one of our problems last year,” Diallo said. “We talked about it in the offseason and when we got back to the field to start this season. We have been and will continue to work on finding ways to put the ball in the back of the net.”

Lancaster (2-1-0; 6 points) comes into the match following consecutive victories against Syracuse DA (3-2 on May 25) and NJ Copa (1-0 on June 1).

BY: Michael LoRé
Staff Writer