Huntington, NY – The Long Island Rough Riders defeated the Ocean City Nor’easters with 1 – 0 in a tough game last night. Tyler Botte scored the goal of the day in the 42nd minute, scoring his 5th goal in his 5th game of the season.
The game started with a great chance for the Rough Riders, as Joe Holland’s shot in the 4th minute missed the goal ny inches. The following corner went far over the cross bar. The Rough Riders continued the game strong, but Nor’easters goalkeeper Timothy Dobrowolski was there to save both Colin Murphy and Glen Reid’s shot around the 10 minute mark.
A throw in led to a good chance for the Nor’easters in the 22nd minute, but Jorge Guinovart’s volley shot was blocked by Matthew Wendelken. Minutes later the Rough Riders came up with another good chance through Holland who’s pass found Botte inside the box, but his header led to a throw in for the Nor’easters.
As the first half continued, both teams were pushing for the forst goal of the day creating good chances on both sides. Only two minutes after Joe Martin saved a good shot by Guinovart in the 34th minute, a Rough Riders corner kick by Holland found Shaun Foster inside the box but his header went over the crossbar.
The Rough Riders shot the first goal of the day, as a good pass by captain Danny Kramer found Botte inside the box. His header in the 42nd minute went right in and marked the final score of 1 – 0 at half time. This was Tyler Bottes 5th goal in his 5th game of the season.
The second half started similar to the first, as Holland had the first shot on goal in the 47th minute. Continuing the game, both teams created several chances, pushing for the next goal, but good defensive work on both sides intercepted every attempt. In the 58th minute, a good shot by Ryan Myers went over the crossbar and only two minutes later, a freekick by Ben Whitcomb went right into Dobrowolski’s arms. In the 63rd minute Holland started another good counter attack but his pass failed to connect inside the box. A long pass found Nor’eastern’s Harry Swartz inside the box, but his cross failed to connect in the 69th minute.
As the game came to a close, both defenses continued their good work preventing the next goal both teams were pushing for. A good cross in the 81st minute led to a shot that only went inches over the crossbar, starting several good attacks by the Nor’easters who were now pusking for the goal to tie the game. The Rough Riders defense stood strong, keeping the score at 1 – 0, earning the Rough Riders valuable points in the run for the playoffs.
We earned a hard fought victory against one of the top teams in our division,” said Rough Riders General Manager and Assistant Coach Flavio Ferri. “This was our best defensive performance of the year which shows our team is standing to gill.”
The Rough Riders now sit in the top position of the Mid Atlantic Division and will be returning to CY Donnelly Stadium this upcoming Saturday June 20th for another great double header with the Rough Riders W-League team. The men will be taking on F.A. Euro at 7.30PM.
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About the Long Island Rough Riders
The Long Island Rough Riders have established themselves as one of North America’s premier soccer franchises. Since their inception in 1994, the Rough Riders have won four National Championships playing in the United Soccer Leagues. The Men’s and Women’s teams have featured many star athletes over the years, including U.S. National Team members, MLS All-Stars, and renowned international players many of whom have represented their country in World Cups.
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