With football season approaching, the Plainview-JFK Hawks led by veteran head coach Chris Rogler have their expectations high and feel they will make another run at the playoffs in 2013.
Finishing last year’s regular season 4-4 with wins over Freeport, Hicksville, Hempstead and Valley Stream District, Rogler says their 14-12 win over Freeport was “the biggest win in Plainview football history.”
The Long Island Rough Riders Women lost their last home game of the season 2-0 to the Virginia Beach Piranhas. Trailing seven points behind a playoff spot with two games remaining, they are now officially out of the hunt for another National Championship.
In the extreme heat at Cy Donnelly Stadium, both teams sought their opportunities early in the game. Three minutes into the game, W-League top scorer Shan Jones beat Marissa Mertens and Gabby Charno just outside the penalty box and had to be stopped by a courageously diving Rough Riders goalie Diana Poulin. The home team answered with a double chance in the fifth and seventh minute: Stephanie Colon’s header after a Dianna Marinaro cross could not threaten the Piranhas’ goal as it went wide. Deanna Murino finished a quick Rough Riders combination play with a strong shot but also missed the net.
In a one-sided game, the Long Island Rough Riders recorded their second consecutive win and solidified their good position in the Mid Atlantic Division. Goals by Tyler Botte, Dominick Sarle (2) and Stephen Roche gave the Rough Riders the advantage over the Flames who remain in last place in the division.
Stephen Roche’s three goals led the Long Island Rough Riders to a dominant win over the F.A. Euro New York on Tuesday evening at Aviator Sports Center. The Rough Riders moved up to 2nd place in the Mid Atlantic Division and have dramatically improved their chances to make the 2013 USL PDL playoffs.
The Long Island Rough Riders defeated the Central Jersey Spartans for the second time in one week. In a game that lacked inspiration for the majority of the time, Tyler Botte secured the home win for his side at 56 minutes.
In their first game after the 3-1 loss to Ocean City, the Rough Riders were determined to close the gap to the division top teams and attacked the Spartans’ defense from the 1st minute. Pressing early and winning many balls in the attacking half, Stephen Roche and Orlando Castaneda recorded early shots for the home team. In the 13th minute Tom Wharf faced an excellent scoring opportunity when Tyler Arnone clipped the ball over the defense and Wharf found himself wide open in front of Spartans goalkeeper John Richards. Wharf’s attempt was saved by Richards as was Arnone’s shot four minutes later.
Members of the Long Island Rough Riders Men’s and Women’s teams recently made their annual visit to Stony Brook Children’s Hospital last month on Wednesday June 26 to enjoy a special day with children battling cancer.
Men’s players Kevin Knowles and Adriano Gabriele along with Women’s members Luana Miessa, Kim DeCesare and Grace Hawkins spent time with the children and brightened their day. The afternoon was full of smiles as the players talked to the children about soccer, took pictures and signed autographs.
The Long Island Rough Riders maintained their perfect home record earlier this month with a convincing 3-0 victory over the North Jersey Valkyries. Goals by Kim DeCesare, Lulu Echverry and Amanda Epstein secured the 4th straight home win and solidified the Rough Riders’ second spot in the Northeastern Conference. From the start, the home team seeked to gain control over the midfield.
While the Valkyries chose a more defensive game plan, the Rough Riders found their spaces out wide. Amanda Ferranti proved to be very agile and offensive-minded, attacking on both sides of the field. Valkyries’ defender Brielle Buis had the visitors’ most dangerous moment at 16 minutes when her shot from 30 yards out just missed the right upper 90 by inches. Sue Weber and Jen Leaverton recorded four early shots for the Rough Riders but could not bring any danger to the Valyries’ goal yet. This changed at 22 minutes when Kim DeCesare placed a powerful header into the left corner off Lulu Echeverry’s precise cross from the left flank.
Runners and walkers from Plainview and all over Long Island and beyond are cordially invited to be part of the 7th annual Sands Point Preserve Sprint for the Feinstein Institute, a 5 Kilometer Run/walk to be held on Saturday morning, August 10. The starting horn will sound precisely at 9 a.m.
The event will be staged by the Plainview based Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) under the guidance of GLIRC’s Abe Bernstein The event is made possible through the generosity of Abe Bernstein, Genentech (“In Business for Life.”), and the Lynbrook Runner’s Stop.
The Long Island Rough Riders’ “Oklahoma Strong” fundraiser raised $1,365 to support those affected by the recent spring storms. The Rough Riders dedicated 100 percent of individual ticket sales of the June 1st Double Header as well as all proceeds from a limited “Oklahoma Strong” t-shirt edition to the American Red Cross.
“We are proud to help those in need and we appreciate the generous donations and support from the Long Island soccer community” Rough Riders Vice-President Flavio Ferri said. “None of this would have been possible without the contributions of everyone who attended the game.”
Runners from the local area earned numerous awards in the Belmont Stakes 5K. Shari Klarfeld of Plainview was the second woman overall to cross the finish line, scoring in 19 minutes, 55 seconds. Steven Weiss of Plainview (20:55) took home the second place plaque in the 35-39 age group. Pamela Lee of Syosset (26:37) scored first among the women in the 60-64 age group. Mark Rosenberg of Syosset (33:55) earned second place honors in the 70-74 age group. Bert Jablon of Syosset (35:00) was the first place finisher in the 85- 89 age group.
The Run was held at Belmont Park as the kickoff event for the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes on June 8th, with the last 400 meters of the race being on the track, and the finish of the race being at the finish line where the Belmont Stakes was held six days later. The post-race festivities in the Grandstand of Belmont Park made it a perfect experience for one and all. A total of 475 runners and walkers finished this second annual event.
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