The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team embarks on a three-game road trip on the heels of their first United Women’s Soccer win of 2019. Long Island’s first stop is against the New England Mutiny on Saturday, May 18.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. from Lusitano Stadium in Ludlow, Mass.
“It’s always good to get three points and these points give us a boost of confidence going into the road trip,” head coach Karim Diallo said. “Hopefully we can duplicate that kind of performance again on Saturday.”
The Rough Riders (1-1-0) are coming off a 3-1 victory against New Jersey Copa FC on Wednesday evening at Hofstra University Soccer Stadium.
With the score knotted at 1-1 at halftime, second-half substitute Morgan Santoro put the home side in front for good in the 56th minute. Santoro, who entered the game three minutes prior, also had a hand in the Rough Riders’ third goal, crossing to Salma Tarik who volleyed the ball home in the 68th minute.
“At halftime we talked about finishing our chances because we missed a few in the first half,” Diallo said. “A lack of finishing plagued us all year last season and in the first game this season. Two goals in the second half were definitely welcome.”
Grace Hawkins scored her first goal of the season to give Long Island a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute. New Jersey Copa FC tied the game two minutes later.
After their visit to New England, the Rough Riders head to New Jersey for a rematch against NJ Copa FC on May 22. The road trip wraps up at Rochester Lancers on June 2.
New England (1-0-0) defeated Worcester Smiles 3-0 behind Kate Howarth’s second-half brace in its season opener on May 11. Saturday’s match will be the Mutiny’s home opener.
BY: Michael LoRé