Finishing chances and improving scoring was a goal for the Long Island Rough Riders women’s team coming into the 2017 United Women’s Soccer season.
So far, they’ve done just that. Long Island looks to continue its great start to the campaign and torrid scoring pace as the Rough Riders wrap up a four-game road trip at New Jersey Copa FC on Sunday, June 25. Kickoff is 7 p.m. from St. John Vianney High School.
Long Island has scored 19 goals in five games this season, while allowing just two. The Rough Riders (4-0-1; 13 points) are atop the UWS East Conference with 2016 league runner-up NJ Copa (4-1-1; 13 points) on their heels having played one more game.
“We have incorporated a mindset for both our men’s and women’s teams this year where the focus offensively is ‘possess to penetrate,’” Rough Riders general manager Flavio Ferri said. “The players on both teams have bought into this positive, attacking mindset. Last year, the women’s team was very hesitant around the goal. This year, they are playing with more confidence and it is translating to goals.”
The Rough Riders are coming off a 6-1 win at Lancaster on June 11 and are 3-0-0 on their current road trip. They’ve scored six or more goals in two games this season. Christina Dutcher leads the team with four goals, while Morgan Santoro and Hope Quinonez have three goals apiece. Ten different players have found the back of the net already this season.
“The team is coming together on and off the field and playing with a great deal of confidence,” Ferri said. “This allows us to play our style home and away. NJ Copa are defending league finalists. We know the importance of the game and we’re approaching it like it’s a playoff game.”