Long Island Rough Riders 3
New Jersey Copa FC 0
SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY — The Long Island Rough Riders emphasized finishing in practice this week and it clearly showed on Saturday afternoon at Cy Donnelly Stadium. Long Island (1-0-1 UWS East) were on the front foot from start to finish in their 3-0 win over the defending East Conference champion New Jersey Copa FC (1-1-0 UWS East).
Forward Morgan Santoro (Islip) had one goal in each half and midfielder Taylor Elliott (Massapequa) led the Rough Riders as they defeated the 2016 UWS runner-ups for their first victory of the season.
Both teams had their fair share of chances in the first half, but it was Santoro’s goal in the 36th minute that broke the deadlock. Defender Taylor Groth (Setauket) lofted a pass from the right flank toward the top of the box that Santoro trapped, beat a defender then slid a left-footed shot into the far bottom corner for a 1-0 lead. Long Island doubled their lead in the 65th minute on Santoro’s second goal of the game. The forward faked her shot to make a defender miss and then rifled the ball into the corner.
Elliott’s long-range effort in the 78th minute gave the home side a three-goal lead as the Rough Riders defeated Copa at home by a 3-0 score for the second consecutive season. Long Island goalkeeper Melissa Guglielmo (West Babylon) made three saves while her counterpart Bristol Pizzuto made six saves. The Rough Riders out-shot the visitors by a 13-9 margin.
Rochester Lady Lancers 1
New York Magic 1
ROCHESTER, NY — The stage was set for a storybook ending at the Rochester Lady Lancers (0-2-1 UWS East) inaugural home opener. With the match tied at 1-1 and the final seconds of stoppage time winding down, a penalty was awarded to the home side after a tackle in the box. New York Magic (0-0-1 UWS East) goalkeeper Sierra Bonham, however, spoiled the party. She lunged to her right to thwart forward Taylor Wingerden’s kick and the Lancers settled for the 1-1 draw on Sunday afternoon at Wegmans Stadium on the Aquinas Institute campus.
The big stop, one of six saves for Bonham, put the only real damper on the afternoon for the Lady Lancers who were outplayed in their first two road games of the season last weekend. Rochester came out of the gate with scoring intent and almost went up 1-0 midway through the first half but Wingerden was denied by the cross bar. In the 32nd minute, forward Alexa Antetomaso would put the home side on the scoreboard, finishing off midfielder Kara Shue’s diagonal pass in the penalty area.
The lead didn’t last long, though, as the Magic drew even at 1-1 when defender Reny Viviana Roncancio Farfan converted on a corner kick by forward Mami Yamaguchi in the 36th minute. The Lady Lancers certainly had their opportunities in a physical second half to score the winning goal but could not convert. Antetomaso had two great scoring chances, including one in the 78th minute off a pass from Wingerden, but didn’t hit the net. Rochester outshot New York by a 7-5 margin and Lady Lancers keeper Caitie Broderick made four saves.