The only good thing about Sunday’s match for Lancaster is that they’re hosting the match. Other than that, the prospect of facing a rested & athletic Long Island side less than 24 hours after taking on East-leaders New Jersey is a daunting one. Squad depth will be key for the Inferno this weekend, but its not the first time this season that they have faced the Rough Riders on the back end of a weekend double-header.
On Sunday, June 5th, Lancaster took on Long Island at Saint Anthony’s High School and weathered both a first-half onslaught from the Rough Riders offense and torrential downpours in the big 1-0 win. The first half for Long Island featured a lot of missed opportunities as they controlled the ball but only put one of five shots on target and were called for seven offsides (10 in the entire match). The Inferno took over the second half right after the referee’s whistle, as veteran Teresa Rynier scored the game-winner in the 47th minute.
That was the first of two consecutive losses for Long Island after a solid 1-0-1 start to the season, as last Saturday they also won the first half at New England, but again couldn’t duplicate their play in the second frame as the Mutiny came back for the 3-2 victory. The Rough Riders would do well to remedy that habit, as a strong second half performance against a team playing their second game in as many days may lead them to a win. And back into the East title race.