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.
The Portledge Varsity Boys Tennis team completed a very strong season with an overall record of 13 wins and 6 losses. They won a hard fought championship match versus Long Island Lutheran by a score of 3-2 to capture the 2013 IPPSAL (Independent Private and Parochial Schools Athletic League) crown.
Portledge no. 1 singles player Cameron Daniels ’14 (Oakland Gardens) was easily victorious to keep his undefeated mark in IPPSAL play intact. The two doubles teams of Alex Snow ’14 (Glen Cove) and Ethan Axelowitz ’16 (Huntington), and Hussein Khalfan ’14 (Muttontown) and Andrew Palacios ’16 (Centerport), also went undefeated this season.
The Panthers will return all of their players next year.
The Long Island Rough Riders battled back from a 1-0 deficit at half time to make up for the away loss in New York last Saturday.
All proceeds of individual ticket sales and limites edition t-shirt sales were donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims affected by the recent tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma.
The Rough Riders started the first half strong as they dominated possession and created many opportunities in their attacking half. Central defender Sue Weber burst into the attack early in the game. Weber carried the ball down the wide left flank to connect with forwards crashing into the box. Long Island’s defender Kerry O’Connor also got in the attacking mix as she made a number of deep runs cutting into the inside.
The Long Island Rough Riders hosted their toughest opponent yet in the PDL season, Reading United AC. The game saw the two teams fight for control of the midfield, not allowing the opponent many opportunities to score. The Rough Riders’ determination and hard defensive work earned them a point in the 0-0 tie against the Mid-Atlantic Division leaders.
The Rough Riders and Reading United met each other at eye-level early in the first half. Two strong defensive lines did not allow the opposing attack to break through. After 20 minutes, Reading started to turn up the pressure when they had a series of corner kicks and goal scoring opportunities. Rough Riders goalie Brendan Lafferty made a speculator diving save when Larry Ndjock broke free from the defense and fired a low shot to the right corner.
The W-League announced its Team of the Week for Week two of the 2013 season, honoring Long Island Rough Riders Amanda Ferranti and Luisa Echeverry for their great performances in Saturday’s game against the Fredericksburg Impact.
Ferranti played right back for the first time in her Rough Riders career and exceeded all expectations. Not allowing any chances for the opposing forwards, she supported the Rough Riders’ offense and was able to score a goal in the 72nd minute of the game.
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