Huntington, NY – The Long Island Rough Riders took home a 2 – 0 victory against the New Jersey Wildcats in a great rematch last night at CY Donnelly Stadium. Shan Jones scored both goals of the game, having scored in every home game of the season, advancing to 8 goals over all.
The game started with a good pass from CJ Ludemann that found Shan Jones about 10 yards out but the Wildcats goalkeeper Jessica Weeder was there to save. The 8th minute marked the first good chance for the Wildcats, as Ana Greik got herself free on the left, but her pass from 20 yards went to wide for Elizabeth Kroon, giving the Rough Riders the chance to start another attack. Shelby Halasz, who scored a hat trick in the first game of these two local rivals, had her first shot on target in the 9th minute but Weeder was there to save.
About 15 minutes into the game, Sue Weber got herself free on the right, but her pass failed to connect leading to another chance for the Wildcats. It was Rough Riders goalkeeper Emily Doherty who kept the score even, saving Kroon’s shot from 10 yards out. The game continued with good chances on both sides. A good interplay between Ludemann, Halasz and Jones in the 20th minute led to another good Rough Riders chance, but Ludemann’s shot from 15 yards out went right into Weeder’s arms.
Minutes later, Weber was there to intercept a good counter attack by Caitlin Conway. Continuting the game, corners on both sides failed to connect inside the box. After Doherty saved a good shot by Kroon, a long ball from Alexa Schneider found Halasz about 10 yards out but her shot got cleared by the defense. Both defenses continued their game strong, keeping the score at 0 – 0 at half time.
The second half started with heavy rain, making the game harder for both teams. Five minutes after the Wildcats defense deflected a free kick from Ludemann, it was yet again Shan Jones bringing the Rough Riders to the front in the 55th minute. A good pass from Halaz, who brought the ball behind 2 Wildcats defenders, found Jones inside the box, scoring the first goal of the night. Jones continued her winning ways with her 7th goal of the season, having scored in every home game of the season.
Minutes later, a free kick by Ludemann found Schneider inside the box, but Weeder saved her header. About 71 minutes into the game, Phallon Tullis-Joyce who replaced Doherty in the goal at halftime, did a good job saving a series of shots from Kroon and Adrian Vitello. The Rough Riders were now pushing for the second goal of the night but a speedy counter attack by Jones was intercepted by the Wildcats defense.
The 81st minute marked the second goal of the night as Shan Jones scored her 4th goal of the week. A good pass from Morgan Santoro found Jones inside the box who shot the ball right into the lower left leaving Weeder chanceless. The 87th minute marked the last good chance of the game as a header by Samantha Scolarici’s after a good pass by Erin Neville was called offside.
The Rough Riders now sit in first position of the 2015 W-League Northeastern Conference.
“This was an important victory in tough conditions,” said Rough Riders General Manager and Assistant Coach Flavio Ferri. “Despite not playing well, we worked hard enough to earn the victory.”
The Rough Riders women will resume W-League competition when they go on the road to Canada where they will take on the Laval Comets and Dynamo Quebec ARSQ on June 28th and June 29th. This was the Rough Riders women’s last home game of the season.
BOX SCORE First Half Final
Home Team 0 2
Away Team 0 0
55: Long Island Rough Riders: Shan Jones (Shelby Halasz)
81: Long Island Rough Riders: Shan Jones (Morgan Santoro)
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 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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