UWS: Rough Riders Win, Magic Fall Short

LIRoughRiders_UWSIt was a mixed weekend for the the two local United Women’s Soccer league as one side got a win, while the other fell in a highly competitive match.

• LANCASTER INFERNO 1, LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 2

Two weeks after falling to Lancaster 1-0, Long Island got a measure of revenge this week as the Rough Riders defeated the Inferno 2-1 at Pucillo Field in Millersville, PA.

Long Island were the stronger side out of the gates as Lancaster had to play a road match the day before. The Rough Riders would take advantage in the 15th minute, as Laura Gomez fired her shot over the dive of Inferno goalkeeper Emily Dolan (six saves) for the 1-0 lead. Teresa Rynier would even the score just before halftime, as her free kick from just outside the penalty area would find the bottom left corner of the net.

The Rough Riders would be awarded a penalty kick in the 48th minute, and Erin Neville would convert from the spot for the game-winning goal. Lancaster would switch formations and go on the attack, but they couldn’t get a goal past Rough Riders keeper Melissa Guglielmo (five saves).

• NEW YORK MAGIC 2, NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 3

So far this season in the UWS East, it’s not scoring goals that seems to be the issue for the New England Mutiny, but allowing them. For the fourth time in five games, the Mutiny scored three goals but allowed the New York Magic (0-3-1) to come back twice before a late tally got the 3-2 road win on Saturday afternoon. New England veteran Deb Nelson would net the game-winning goal in the 86th minute.

The Mutiny started the match at Iona College on the front foot. Andrea Plucenik missed on her shot in the 12th minute while New York goalkeeper Samantha Depken (six saves) robbed her two minutes later on a kick save. New England would get on the scoreboard in the 20th minute, as Rachel Ugolik finished her shot inside the upper 90 of the goal for the 1-0 lead on an assist from captain Kate Howarth.

The Magic would tie the match at 1-1 just six minutes later, as Sara Sanau-Ruiz sent in Maura Torres on goal and she chipped her shot over Mutiny keeper Ashley Cavanaugh (two saves). The match would stay tied at halftime. New England went ahead in the 55th minute, as Stephanie Santos’ corner kick found Howarth, who volleyed her shot past Depken for the 2-1 score. It was her seventh goal of the season – good for second in all of UWS.

In the 67th minute, New York leveled the score at 2-2 as Shani Abrahams scored her second goal of the season. The next minute, Nelson’s bid for a response to New York’s goal was cleared off the line. As time ticked away, Chantelle Swaby broke the flank and served in a ball to Nelson, who blasted her shot home for the game-winning goal.