The Long Island Rough Riders featured a double header on Wednesday, at Cy Donnelly Stadium. The Women started the action against the TSF Academy Valkyries.
This game came full circle with the Rough Riders missing clear chances to start and finish the match. In the first minute, Erin Gilroy’s shot, created by a great cross, banged off the crossbar. Gilroy and the Rough Riders continued to attack and put pressure on the TSF defense until, Gilroy suffered an injury in the 19th minute that cut her team debut short.
The Rough Riders struggled to create the same quality chances after that point, but in the 87th minute broke through. Substitute, Christina Dutcher, found herself one-on-one with the keeper, but placed her shot of of the right post. Two minutes later Dutcher was clean through again and the result was the same, off of the right post.
The game ended 0-0 and the Rough Riders picked up their 8th point on the season. They are currently 4th in the table.
The Men’s team hosted Eastern Conference rival, FC Boston, and did not wait long to give the day’s first goal. In the 12th minute, Nicolas Solabarrieta created space in the box and crossed the ball to Dominic Marshall, who finished the chance for his 6th goal of the season. The Rough Riders, Marshall specifically, kept the attacking pressure on FC Boston and were awarded when Marshall won a penalty in the 30th minute. Marshall looked to beat the keeper with accrual but FC Boston’s Matthew Gilbert made the save.
It was not until the 80th minute that the Rough Riders would find the back of the net again, but it was not for a lack of trying. The Rough Riders had 11 total shots within the first half, and 20 for the game. Another brilliant ball from Nicolas Solabarrieta found the run of Junior Rosero. Rosero took a touch and rolled the ball past the keeper for an open shot on net. The result was a 2-0 lead for the Rough Riders and a red card for FC Boston’s GK. Gilbert’s frustration earned himself a sending off and allowed the Rough Riders to see the remaining 10 minutes out with ease.
The Rough Riders’ victory earned them 3 points and allowed to move from 6th in the table to 4th.