Huntington, NY – The Long Island Rough Riders appeared strong in last night’s double-header at CY Donnelly Stadium. The women advanced to 3 – 0 – 1 and stay in one of the top positions of the 2015 W-League Northeast Conference after they tied against the Laval Comets, while the men advance to 4 – 2 – 1 and 13 points in the 2015 PDL Mid Atlantic Division after a 3 – 1 win over Real Boston. Both teams are taking home a valuable point in the run for the playoffs.
The women welcomed the Laval Comets from Canada at 5PM. The game began strong, as both teams were pushing for the first goal of the day. Both team’s defenses did a job intercepting the opponents attacks. You could feel the importance of this match between two of the divisions leading teams from the first minute on.
The Rough Riders appeared stronger, starting the 10-minute mark, but two great counter attacks by Jones were cleared by Laval’s defense. In the 15th minute, Laval stopped another Rough Riders attack through a handball that resulted in a free kick from 20 yards out.
Just minutes later, it was again Jones who started a speedy counter attack from 40 yards out. This time, the ball went into the lower left corner of the goal, bringing the Rough Riders to the lead with her 3rd goal this season, in the 19th minute.
Continuing the game strong, captain Sue Weber led her team’s defense strong as Laval was pushing to tie the game. Just minutes after a good attack by Ludemann and Kober in the 32th minute, Laval’s Sanderson tied the game at 1 – 1. A Rough Riders corner kick by Ludemann marked the last action of the first half, but Halasz send the ball beyond the goal line.
The second half started with a shot on target by Laval’s Charron-Delage from 15 yards out, but Rough Riders goalkeeper Doherty was there to save. Following up, Laval created chance after chance, but the Rough Riders defense kept the score even.
In the 57th minute, it was yet again Jones who created a good chance for the Rough Riders, connecting to the ball on the left side, but her shot missed the goal. Both teams were now pushing for the lead, bringing their team to the front.
A foul by Laval’s Bernard O’breham resulted in a Rough Riders free kick in the 67th minute, but the ball went over the crossbar. Two Laval free kicks later, Ludemann was there to kick the next Rough Riders corner kick, but her shot in the 74th minute went behind the goal line.
A great save by Doherty in the 83rd minute resulted in a Laval corner kick. Doherty saved again. Rough Riders Jones countered through a speedy solo run, but was stopped by a foul by Laval’s Wilson.
The Rough Riders were pushing for the win as the stoppage time came to a close, but when the referee blew the whistle, the game ended with a tie. Both teams took home one important point, keeping the run for the playoffs close.
“It was a hard fought game played in very hot condition,” said Rough Riders General Manager and Assistant Coach Flavio Ferri. “We put in a good effort and feel the draw is a fair result.”
The men’s PDL team kicked off their game against Real Boston at 7.30 PM.
The game started of strong, as Detelj’s shot in the first minute missed the goal by inches. Two minutes later a Rough Riders corner kick by Holland found Detelj, but Boston’s defense was there to clear.
Detelj created two more good chances about 15 minutes into the game but Boston’s Moszynski was there to save. Boston’s Rashid answered with a great counter attack just one minute later but Orologio was there to save.
Both teams were pushing for the goal, creating chance after chance on each side, but the team’s defenders were there to keep the score even. A great shot by Rosero from about 20 yards out missed the goal by inches but started off a great series of Rough Riders attacks.
Boston answered with a quick counter attack but Sady’s pass to Ngatcha was called offside. After Hollands ball failed to connect to Detelj inside the box in the 38th minute, Rough Riders goalkeeper Orologio was there to save a good shot by Pierrot from 10 yards out. The first half came to a close with another corner for the Rough Riders after a counter attack by Holland was intercepted just outside the box.
The second half started off with the first goal of the night. It was Glen Reid who brought the Rough Riders to the front through an assist by Kramer in the 49th minute. Boston, now under pressure, created several chances inside the box, but Lupinelli’s and Apajee’s shots were blocked by the Rough Riders defense.
A great shot by Colin Murphy marked the second goal of the night in the 61st minute, as three Boston defenders failed to separate him from the ball. The Rough Riders continued their game strong as a corner kick by Whitcomb in the 68th minute found Botte, who scored his 4th goal of the season just minutes after stepping onto the field.
The Rough Riders continued to dominate the game strong, creating chance after chance as the stoppage time came to a close. Though, it was Boston’s Alves who scored the last goal of the night through a great shot from 18 yards out, bringing the final score to 3 – 1.
“It was an important win tonight,” said General Manager and Assistant Coach Flavio Ferri. “We are in the most competitive division in the league and winning at home is vital to making a run for the playoffs.
The Rough Riders women will resume W-League competition tomorrow afternoon, Sunday June 14th at 3PM, when they take on Quebec Dynamo ARSQ who is currently first in the Northeastern Conference. The Rough Riders men continue their strong game at home on Wednesday June 17th, as the take on Ocean City during another exciting double-header with the women at CY Donnelly Stadium.
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About the W-League
The W-League is the first and longest-standing women’s soccer league in North America. The 2015 W-League will include 18 teams in three regional conferences, featuring current and former international and professional stars.
About the PDL
The Premier Development League is the proven developmental leader in North American soccer’s evolving tiered structure. Featuring 65 teams within four conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada in 2015, the PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. In addition to league play PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. open Cup.
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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