UWS Recap: Surf Win, Rough Riders Draw

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New York Surf got a much need win and kept its United Women’s Soccer (UWS) postseason hopes alive as they defeated Worcester Smiles 6-0 at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx.

Furtuna Velaj

The hosts jumped out quickly as Amy Marron, a member of the United Women’s Soccer Week V Team of the Week, scored the game’s opening goal just five minutes into the match. Surf would extend its lead 10 minutes later when Furtuna Velaj netted her first of the game and teammate Emma Anderson would extend the New York lead to three just before halftime.

In the second half, Surf would add goals from Velaj in the 58th minute, Hemmings in the 87th minute and Velaj again in stoppage time for the hat-trick.

New York keeper Colleen Hickey had a quiet day in goal and picked up her first solo clean sheet of the season.

With the win, Surf moved up the standing from eighth place in the East to fifth and now only trail second-place New England Mutiny by three points.

In Connecticut, a familiar problem surfaced for the Long Island Rough Riders as they once again found themselves trailing early and having to battle back from a deficit.

Saager
Kayla Saager

Facing the Connecticut Fusion at the Farmington Sports Arena, Long Island allowed first-half goals to Chanel Johnson and Jewel Robinson and trailed 2-0 at the half.

The Rough Riders, however, would storm back in the second half. Second half substitute Madison Vazquez would get Long Island on the board in the 61 minute and Kayla Saager would score eight minutes later to level the match.

Kelsey Daugherty made nine saves for the Rough Riders, including several key stops after going down two goals to keep her team in the match.

Long Island sits in fourth place in the East Conference, trailing second-place New England by three points.