Marra Named Rough Riders UWS Player Of The Year

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Kim Marra (in white) shown playing for the Long Island Rough Riders. Photos provided by Kim Marra.

For the second consecutive year, Sayville’s Kim Marra served as team captain for the Long Island Rough Riders during its United Women’s Soccer season.

And for the second straight season, Marra is walking away from the UWS season with an award as she was honored this year as the 2018 Rough Riders UWS Player of the Year. In 2017, she was named UWS East Conference Player of the Year as was a member of the All-League First Team Starting XI.

It was a challenging start to the season for Long Island, which welcomed a new coach — Karim Diallo — less than two weeks before the team’s first game. Marra’s role as captain was vital as the players and new coach worked to get acclimated.

“I took it not just as a role as captain but to assist Karim as much as I could to help ease the transition with him coming in this summer,” Marra told LIRoughRiders.com. “I think for the most part it worked really well. We struggled in the beginning but found that chemistry toward the end.”

Long Island finished the season 5-3-2 with 17 points, falling just short of a playoff spot. But Diallo was happy to have Marra as his captain.

“She had a solid season leading our team as captain and was very influential in the middle of the field,” he said.

With the UWS season over, Marra and Diallo will be spending more time together this fall. Diallo will begin his first season as head coach of NYIT’s women’s soccer team and Marra was recently named an assistant coach. She also works as a coach at SUSA Academy and is a varsity assistant at St. Anthony’s High School.

“It is definitely a different perspective of the game,” Marra said of coaching. “That knowledge also contributes to how I play. I like (Diallo’s) style and we see eye to eye on a lot of things in the game.”