The women started with their game against New York Magic at 5p.m. Both teams had already played each other this season, when the Rough Riders women took home a 4 – 2 victory over New York.
The Rough Riders looking for another victory started the game strong. A Rough Riders corner in the 3rd minute connected to Shan Jones who had the first shot on goal of the game.
Another corner in the 9th minute led to a Rough Rider chance through Scolarici who’s header went just inches over the cross bar.
It was New Yorks goalkeeper Hoffer who kept the score even through a great save after a Rough Riders free kick in the 12th minute.
After two free kicks for New York Magic, the Rough Riders came back with a counter attack but Sue Weber was called offside before she had a chance to bring it to a finish.
Just minutes later a speedy counter attack by Shan Jones was intercepted right outside the box.
After goalkeeper Doherty saved a good shot by Magic’s Abraham in the 27th minute, captain Sue Weber answered with a great counter attack shot went over the goal.
The first half came to a close as two more great Rough Riders chances through Shan Jones and Alexa Schneider failed to finish to the deserved lead.
The Rough Riders entered the field as strong as they had left it building up chance after chance.
In the 53rd minute Shan Jones came up with a great attack but Magic’s defense was there to stop her. Just one minute later, it was Alexa Schneider who scored the first goal of the game through a right foot volley after an assist by CJ Ludemann bringing the Rough Riders to the lead.
The Rough Riders continued their game even stronger as it was yet again Shan Jones who created a great Rough Riders chance. Several chances and two substitutions on both sides later, Shan Jones shot her well deserved first goal of the game after an assist by Chloe Dale in the 66th minute.
A counter attack by Abrahams brought New York Magic back into the game but captain Sue Alber Weber’s great defensive work left her without a chance.
Both teams showed great defensive work as this early W-League rematch came to a close. A great save by Magic’s goalkeeper Hoffer prevented the 3rd Rough Riders goal of the night keeping the score at 2 – 0 at the end of the game.
“I am happy with the team’s performance this evening,” said Shan Jones. “We were able to build play in the second half and found the success we were looking for.”
The Rough Riders men were up next, starting their game against D.C. United at 7.30p.m. Coming out of two painful losses after a great start to the season, they 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 women will resume W-League competition on June 6th at Saint John Vianney High School when they go up against New Jersey. The Rough Riders men will resume USL PDL competition on June 3rd at Elizabeth High School when they go up against Jersey Express.
Both teams will return home for another great double header on June 13th at CY Donnelly Stadium when the Rough Riders women take on Laval at 5pm and the men take on Real Boston at 7.30pm.
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