NEW JERSEY – The Long Island Rough Riders women traveled to New Jersey this Saturday afternoon to take on the NJ Wildcats in their 3rd W-League match of the season. Forward, Shelby Halasz scored all three goals for a dominating Rough Riders victory.
The NJ Wildcats attempted to disrupt the Rough Riders third consecutive win this season, however Rough Riders forwards Halasz, Scolarici and Jones proved too difficult for the Wildcats defense.
In the 3rd minute, Shan Jones’s pass connected with Halasz within the 10 yard box, later to be called offside. Two minutes later a cross by Sue Alber-Weber found Scolarici, but her header went over the crossbar.
The Rough Riders continued their attacking threat with shots by Alber-Weber and CJ Ludemann that were saved by Jessica Weeder, NJ Wildcats’ goalkeeper. Weeder managed to keep her net clean even after Jones ripped a shot inside the box in the 20th minute and later against Scolarici who’s shot was pushed over the crossbar in the 27th minute.
The NJ Wildcats withstood the early pressure only to fall in the 37th minute when Halasz collected the ball on top of 18 yard box and shredded a shot passed Weeder’s near post. This was Halasz’s first goal of the season.
Three minutes later Halasz extended the lead to 2-0 after rifling a shot from nearly 40 yards out that went over the outstretched Wildcats goalkeeper and under the crossbar.
Not fully recovered from the two goals, the NJ Wildcats found themselves on a speedy counter attack after great passes by Jones and Scolarici that found Halasz once again just one minute before the half-time break. Halasz one-touch finish in the penalty area gave the Rough Riders a comfortable 3-0 lead before the end of the first half.
In the second half the Rough Riders continued their attacking dominance with a long distance shot by Taylor Elliott in the 47th minute. Ludemann, Staplehurst, Flowers continued to bombard shots on target during the second half forcing Weeder to make saves and prevent the Rough Riders to take a further lead.
In the 85th minute the Wildcats were reduced to 10 players as Sara Shaugnessy #14 had to be carried off the field with an ankle injury she suffered during the course of play. The Rough Riders finished the match 3-0 earning another three points in their third game this season.
The Rough Riders women will return to Cy Donnelly Stadium for two back to back home games next weekend; taking on the Laval Comets on Saturday, June 13th, and the Quebec Dynamo ARSQ on Sunday, June 14th.