UWS Preview: New York Derby, LI heads to PA

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Local action in United Women’s Soccer Week 5 includes a New York Derby and the Long Island Rough Riders looking to build off a big weekend in Week 4.

New York Surf vs. New York Magic
2 p.m. — SUNY Maritime

The first-ever meeting between the two New York City-based teams kicks off on Saturday afternoon, as the New York Magic (0-2-1 East) travel north from Brooklyn to the Bronx to take on the New York Surf (2-1-1 East) at SUNY Maritime.

The Surf have had a solid start to its first-ever UWS campaign while the Magic is still looking for its first-ever victory in the national pro-am league having gone 13 UWS East matches without a win.

The Magic almost got that magical first victory this past Sunday night at home against New England, but it took a strong performance from UWS Team of the Week selection Gabby Arruda in goal to fend off the Magic’s strong start. A late goal on a defensive lapse doomed the Magic in the 1-0 loss.

The Surf would also feel the sting of a loss last Sunday on the road at Lancaster. The Inferno held on for the 2-1 win after a late rally from the visitors. After giving up the first two goals, the Surf gained control of play and in the 71st minute when forward Erica Murphy capitalized on a rebound from a Flo Gamby shot.

Lancaster Inferno vs. Long Island Rough Riders
3 p.m. — Millersville Univ., Millersville, PA

Sunday’s game between Lancaster Inferno and Long Island Rough Riders will be the team’s first meeting of the season after splitting the home-and-home series during the 2016 campaign. The Inferno got the 1-0 road win over the Rough Riders while Long Island reversed the result at home, getting a 2-1 victory.

Lancaster (2-2 East) came away with their second win of the season this past Sunday against the New York Surf in the team’s 2017 home opener, holding on for a 2-1 win. Midfielder Tesa McKibben (goal) and forward Emily Kupsov (goal, assist) led the offense while the combination of Jordan Kamp and Kelly O’Brien made nine saves in goal.

Long Island (3-0-1 East) have been virtually unstoppable since its 1-1 home draw against Western New York to open the campaign. In Rough Riders three wins, they have outscored their opposition by a 12-0 margin.

This past weekend forwards Morgan Santoro and Kayla Saager were dominant in wins over Western New York and Rochester, tallying seven goals between the two. Santoro was named to the UWS Team of the Week for the second time this season and has two game-winning goals for her efforts. And while Long Island’s offense has been the star, its defense has been well-grounded with three straight clean sheets.