The mark of a good team is the ability to adjust on the fly. When something isn’t going your way, you make an adjustment in order to achieve success.
The Long Island Rough Riders were able to do that in a win against AC Connecticut last week. The two teams meet again at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 25 at Cy Donnelly Stadium on the campus of St. Anthony’s High School.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime on June 17, Long Island scored four second-half goals en route to a 4-1 home win which kept the Rough Riders in the hunt for a PDL playoff spot. Long Island (5-1-2; 17 points) is tied for second in the Eastern Conference Northeast Division. AC Connecticut (1-7-1; 4 points) has lost three consecutive games.
“We came out much sharper and more determined in the second half against AC Connecticut,” head coach Flavio Ferri said. “Sometimes when things aren’t going your way, that halftime break allows for adjustments and to get everyone on the same page. Credit to the players for turning a poor first half into a comfortable win.”
Arthur Bosua and Danny Bedoya alternated goals beginning in the 64th minute as the Rough Riders rallied for a vital three points at home.
With his brace against AC Connecticut, Bosua is now tied with Tyler Arnone with a team-high five goals this season.
“Bosua has been playing well the whole season,” Ferri said. “The difference is that his good play is now translating into goals. I told him that his spot on the field is secure even if doesn’t score at all this season as he does so many other things to help the team. That said, I knew once he got one goal, more would follow.”
Bedoya continues to find the back of the net as well as play the role of provider. He had two goals and one assist against AC Connecticut bringing his season totals to three goals and two assists.
“Danny is a terrific footballer,” Ferri said. “He is technical, smart and plays with passion. He is a player that has the quality to play at a higher level.”
Long Island will continue to play without Stephen Roche, who is out with an Achilles injury. Tyler Botte (hamstring) is medically cleared to play, but isn’t game fit. Glen Reid (hamstring), Colin Murphy (knee) and Andy Lopez (shoulder) should all be available Sunday.
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