Inferno Torches Rough Riders

Inferno vs. LI Rough RidersHeading into Sunday’s match against Lancaster Inferno, the Long Island Rough Riders appeared to have an advantage as their opponents were playing the second in back-to-back games over the weekend.

But credit the Inferno, who kept Long Island off the scoreboard in a 1-0 win on the road at Cy Donnelly Stadium. Lancasters moves to 2-1 in the UWS East Conference while the Rough Riders fall to 1-1-1.

Long Island was the aggressor in the first half but missed numerous opportunities. While they had five shots on target through the first 45, they were also called offside seven times (10 for the entire match).

Starting the second half with the score tied nil-nil, Lancaster scored the game’s lone goal two minutes into the second half. The Rough Riders cleared a cross from the left flank into the box but the clearance landed at the feet of Teresa Rynier. The Lancaster midfielder put her foot through the ball and just past the outstretched arms of Rough Rider goalkeeper Emmalee Mayer (who split time in net with Melissa Guglielmo) for the eventual game-winner.

With less than ten minutes left to play, the skies opened up which caused the game to be delayed in the 84th minute. When the game resumed play, Long Island were unable to create a chance to secure a point at home and the Inferno traveled home with the 1-0 win. The Rough Riders out-shot Inferno by a 10-3 margin but Lancaster keeper Emily Dolan only had to make one save.

Up next for the Rough Riders is an away match against the New England Mutiny this Saturday, June 11, at the East Longmeadow High School (7 p.m. EST). The Inferno will host New Jersey Copa F.C. at Millersville University’s Pucillo Field in the first game of a home-and-home series over the next two weekends this Saturday (6 p.m. EST).