Needing wins to keep their respective postseason hopes alive, the Long Island Rough Riders and New York Surf each closed out June grabbing three points in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) action.
Throughout the season, Long Island head coach Karim Diallo has spoken of the slow starts for his team in matches throughout the season. The opposite was true on Saturday as the Rough Riders jumped out to an early lead. After a good sequence of build up from the hosts, Kayla Saager found herself in front of goal and latched onto a low cross, scoring her fourth goal of the season. Long Island would double its lead in the 24th minute as Kim Marra received a perfect through ball from Amanda Buck and finished off the chance.
The Mutiny would cut into the Rough Riders’ lead as Kate Howarth scored in the 44th minute and would level the contest in the 70th minute on a goal from Sydney Brackett.
However, Long Island would not be denied the three points as a low cross from Morgan Santoro to the far post found a wide open Laura Gomez who tapped in the game winner in the 88th minute.
The win over the Mutiny keeps Long Island in the race for a spot in the East Conference Championship as they sit four points out of first with two games remaining in the season.
In Farmington, Conn., Surf found themselves trailing by two goals but roared back for a 3-2 road win.
New York’s comeback was keyed by the Menta sisters as Melissa cut Surf’s deficit to one in the 54th minute before younger sister Jenna netted the tying goal in the 82nd minute and the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute.