The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team is excited to announce Kelly Eagan, Grace Hawkins and Salma Tarik have joined the club for the 2019 United Women’s Soccer season.
Eagan was named the 2016 UWS Defensive Player of the Year while guiding the Rough Riders a third-place finish and the East Conference’s best defense with 10 goals allowed. The Villanova University graduate started all 84 games in her career and was a four-time All-Big East and NSCAA All-Region selection while guiding the Wildcats to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2009.
“Kelly was a stellar Division I player and had great times with the Rough Riders in the past,” Long Island head coach Karim Diallo said. “Her leadership both on the field and in the locker room will be a great addition to the group.”
Also returning to the Rough Riders after some time away is Hawkins. The forward scored 11 goals in 61 games (22 starts) during her time at Villanova from 2006-09. Hawkins played her graduate season at Hofstra University, helping the Pride advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“Like Kelly, Grace will also add a lot on the leadership side of things,” Diallo said. “She also adds versatility on the team; she could be used as a back or a forward, which is a plus as far as team depth.”
Tarik, who has caps for the Egypt women’s national team, made four appearances for the New York Surf in 2018. The midfielder scored a historic goal in the 2016 Women’s African Cup of Nations in a 1-0 win against Zimbabwe, marking the first goal for Egypt in the tournament and the nation’s first victory in the Women’s African Cup of Nations. She starred at Hofstra University, scoring 28 goals from 2008-10.
“Salma is an unselfish player which will fit really well into the way I like my team to play,” Diallo said. “I think she will score a bunch and help create scoring opportunities for others as well.”
The Rough Riders open their 2019 UWS campaign against the Connecticut Fusion on Saturday, May 11. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. from Hofstra University Soccer Stadium.
BY: Michael LoRé