Match preview: Rough Riders at Syracuse DA
Jun 2019

The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team looks to snap a two-game losing streak when they visit United Women’s Soccer newcomers Syracuse DA on June 29.

Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. from Solvay High School in Solvay, N.Y.

The Rough Riders come into the match at 4-4-0 (12 points), good for fourth place in the East Conference standings with two matches remaining this season. Syracuse DA is right behind them at 3-3-2 (11 points).

“Every game, every point is important to get,” head coach Karim Diallo said. “It’s been our focus since we started. At the moment all our energy and attention is turned to the game on Saturday.”

Long Island has suffered consecutive defeats for the first time all season, losing 2-0 to Lancaster on June 15 and 2-1 to the same Inferno four days later.

The team will have had 10 days off in between games, taking advantage of one of the lengthier breaks on the 2019 campaign calendar.

“We have to be consistent throughout games,” Diallo said. “We’ve had some good moments and some not very good ones this season. This week we’ve done what we have been really doing: focus more on our style of play and sticking with it.”

Syracuse DA, which joined the UWS in February, is unbeaten in its past two matches. Most recently the team drew 1-1 with division leaders New England Mutiny on June 22.

The Rough Riders and Syracuse DA meet again in the regular-season finale on July 6.

BY: Michael LoRĂ©
Staff Writer