Rough Riders take home point after strong game against D.C. United U23
This was the first match of these two opponents played against each other. The Rough Riders men finished 3rd in last year’s Mid Atlantic Division. D.C. United U23 played in the NPSL (National Premier Soccer League), where they managed to win the Mid Atlantic Championship and move on to the regional semifinals.
The Rough Riders men, who came out of two painful losses after a great start to the season, were looking to get back on the winning track.
Both teams started the game strong but great defensive work on both sides kept the score even within the first 15 minutes of the game.
Keith Detelj scored the first goal of the night through a left foot volley after a great assist by Glen Reid in the 17th minute.
Only minutes later a free kick by Ben Whitcomb who passed the ball to Detelj was intercepted by D.C.’s defense.
D.C. now pushing to tie the game came up with a good counter attack in the 27th minute but Rozhansky’s shot went just wide.
It was the Rough Riders who scored the second goal of the night in the 32th minute as Junior Rosero smashed the ball into the top right corner after an assist by Ben Whitcomb, leaving goalkeeper Niedermeir without a chance.
The Rough Riders defense continued their game strong as Tom Wharf broke up a counter attack by D.C. in the 37th minute, keeping the score at 2 – 0 at halftime.
Just seven minutes into the second half the referee awarded a penalty kick to D.C. after a questionable handball by Shaun Foster. Colin Banner scored the goal in the 54th minute leaving goalkeeper Joe Martin without a chance.
The Rough Riders were now pushing for another goal. After a freekick in the 59th minute, Gabriele passed on a header to Foster who missed the goal by far.
It was D.C. who scored the next goal of the night, tying the game through a goal by Jamie Luchini in the 67th minute.
Tom Wharf answered with an excellent chance just one minute later but his shot missed the goal my inches.
In the 72nd minute Joe Holland entered the field for Rosero. This was Hollands first game back coming out of his rip injury.
Both teams were now looking to score the winning goal. Glen Reid came up with a great shot in the 85th minute but missed the goal by inches.
The Rough Riders created chance after chance as the stoppage time came to a close but D.C.’s defense prevented the winning goal, keeping the score even as the game ended.
“I am overall disappointed with the result, dropping two points from a winnable game,” said Ben Whitcomb. “We created many chances but were unable to take advantage of any of them at the crucial time.”
The Rough Riders men will resume USL PDL competition on June 3rd at Elizabeth High School when they go up against Jersey Express. The Rough Riders return home to CY Donnelly Stadium on June 13th when they take on Real Boston.
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BOX SCORE First Half Final
Home Team 2 2
Away Team 0 2
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