Author Topic: Long Island Rough Riders  (Read 3470 times)

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Long Island Rough Riders
« on: May 13, 2009, 12:47:12 AM »
Rough Riders Women Bring on St. John's Four

Plainview, New York
May 4, 2009

The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team will be adding four more players to the 2009 roster this week. Vaila Barsley, Courtney Curby, Kelly McConnell, and Amanda Pasciolla, all members of the St. John’s Red Storm will join Rough Riders in time to kick off the regular season on May 9 against the New Jersey Wildcats at Cy Donnelly Stadium located at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington.

"We’re excited to welcome the ‘Fab Four’ from St. John’s University,” said Rough Riders women’s head coach John Fitzgerald. “Courtney Curby is a returning player who both contributed to us making the play-offs last season.  She’s complimented this season by three of her college teammates, all of whom we have watched closely and we’re happy to welcome them to the team.  Coach Stone has done a terrific job at St. John’s, and coaches [Danny] Longo, [Mark] Dawson and I are proud that he entrusts his players to our program.  All four girls are expected to come in and have an immediate impact.” 

“St. John’s runs a quality program, and I know they’ve had a busy spring season.  St. John’s assistant coach, Scott McLaughlin, was on our staff last season and goalkeeper coach, Meghan Frey, played for the Rough Riders for several seasons, so they both know the level of play in the W-League first-hand.  We’ve been monitoring their players closely, and I’m confident they are fit and ready to compete at our level,” said Fitzgerald.

A native of England, Barsley, a junior, was a Soccerbuzz All-Northeast 2nd team selection as well as a garnering National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) / adidas Scholar All-East Region honors. In 51 career games with the Red Storm, Barsley has scored five goals and added three assists.
 
Curby will return for her second season with the Rough Riders after playing seven games  in 2008. A junior at St. John’s, Curby has played in 53 career games under head coach Ian Stone.
 
Junior midfield/forward Amanda Pasciolla will look to add to the Rough Riders firepower up front. Originally from Park Ridge, New Jersey, Pasciolla was a member of Jersey Sky Blue FC for the 2008 season. In 56 games at St. John’s, Pasciolla has potted four goals and two assists.
 
Along with Pasciolla, forward Kelly McConnell will be part of the Rough Riders depth on offense. Also a junior at St. John’s, she’s scored seven goals and assisted on seven other in 56 career games with the Red Storm.
 
“The relationship between St. John’s and the Rough Riders is strong, and offers us the opportunity to draw from a talented pool of Division I players, while offering them the opportunity to have their players compete at a high level before returning for their college season.  We expect that these players will contribute to a successful 2009 season,” said Fitzgerald.

The Rough Riders women’s team will kick off the 2009 season this Saturday, May 9th  as against the New Jersey Wildcats at 5PM with the men’s team playing the New Hampshire Phantoms at 7:30PM. All home games in 2009 will be played at Cy Donnelly Stadium at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, NY.

To see the 2009 Rough Riders women’s schedule and ticket packages, please visit www.liroughriders.com or call (516) 622-3900.

In 2007 the Rough Riders of the USL re-acquired a W-League franchise, which was formerly known as the Lady Riders. The Rough Riders women’s team qualified for the Eastern Conference Finals in 2008.

http://www.liroughriders.com/home/327837.html

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2009, 12:53:13 AM »
U.S. U-20 Player DiMartino Joining Rough Riders

Plainview, New York
May 5, 2009

The Long Island Rough Riders women’s team announced this week that United States Under-20 National Team player Gina DiMartino will be joining the W-League side for the 2009 season.

A native of Massapequa Park, N.Y., DiMartino split time this past fall playing for Boston College and the United States team that won the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Santiago, Chile. In 60 career games with Boston College, DiMartino has compiled 30 goals and 20 assists. She was also named to the 2007 and 2008 preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List.
 
"We welcome Gina as someone who we feel can help us be successful," said Rough Riders women’s team head coach John Fitzgerald. "She has already achieved a lot by playing for a quality college program at Boston College. As a U-20 National Team player, she brings high level experience and ability. She was a local stand-out at Massapequa High School, which is great for our young fans to see and relate to."
 
"The coaches and I are looking for a more attack-minded style of play, which helped us to qualify for the post-season last year. We feel Gina can step in and contribute to that style right away."
 
The Rough Riders women’s team will kick off the 2009 season this Saturday, May 9th against the New Jersey Wildcats at 5PM followed by the Rough Riders men’s team playing the New Hampshire Phantoms at 7:30PM. All home games this season will be played at Cy Donnelly Stadium, located at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, NY.
 
To see the 2009 Rough Riders women’s schedule and ticket packages, please visit www.liroughriders.com or call (516) 622-3900.

http://www.liroughriders.com/home/328051.html
 

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2009, 12:57:10 AM »
Rough Riders Split 2009 Home Openers

South Huntington, New York
May 9, 2009

In their 2009 home opener, the Long Island Rough Riders earned a split decision in front of a packed Cy Donnelly Stadium Saturday night. In the first match of the night, the Rough Riders Women’s Team allowed a late goal en route a 1-0 loss at the hands of the New Jersey Wildcats. In the nightcap, the Rough Riders Men’s Team dispatched the New Hampshire Phantoms 1-0.

As part of “Junior Rough Rider Night”, players in the Rough Riders youth program were honored in a pre-game parade, half time mini game, and served as ball kids. The boys and girls ranging from ages 8-16 were all dressed in Rough Riders blue as they cheered on the home sides.

The Rough Riders Women’s Team took it to the Wildcats early in the first half, but were unable to tally a goal. Newly signed midfielder Gina DiMartino and Brooke DeRosa applied pressure early and often on New Jersey goalkeeper Robyn Jones. The Rough Riders best chance in the first half came during a scramble in the box, but as the ball was played to forward Kerri McCabe, she was found to be in an offside position, negating any opportunity.

In the second half, the Rough Riders kept the pressure one and almost capitalized on their best scoring opportunity of the match. DeRosa’s shot from inside the penalty area hit off the inside of the post and away from the goal line, must to the dismay of the 651 fans in attendance.

New Jersey took advantage of the missed opportunity and in the 76th minute, Brianna Salvia sprung Kristin Hextall who put the ball past Rough Riders goalkeeper Kim Yascenda to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

The Rough Riders next home doubleheader is Saturday, May 16th when the women’s team takes on the Boston Renegades at 7:30PM in a rematch of the 2008 W-League Eastern Conference quarterfinal, which Long Island was victorious 1-0. The Rough Riders men will host the Newark Ironbound Express at 5PM.


Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2009, 07:57:00 PM »
Yacenda Named to W-League Team of the Week

Plainview, New York
May 21, 2009

For her efforts in the 0-0 draw with the Boston Renegades on Saturday, Rough Riders goalkeeper Kim Yacenda was named to the W-League Team of the Week this afternoon. Yacenda joins Rough Riders mens player Mike Palacio, who was named to the PDL Team of the Week yesterday, as the two players who have been honored this week.

Yacenda, a C.W. Post alum, stopped 14 shots and kept a clean sheet, helping the Rough Riders gain their first point of the season.

“Kim held her own in net,” said Rough Riders general manager Flavio Ferri. “Boston was pressuring all night and she did a great job keeping them off the scoreboard.”

The Rough Riders hit the road for the first time this weekend as they visit the Western Mass Lady Pioneers (1-1-0, 3 pts.) on Saturday and then face off with the Connecticut Passion (0-0-0, 1 pt.) on Sunday afternoon in two vital Northeast Division games. They’ll return home on Saturday, May 30th to take on the visiting Washington Freedom.

For more information on the Rough Riders 2009 season, please visit www.liroughriders.com or call (516) 622-3900.

http://www.liroughriders.com/home/332840.html

Footnote for the Arsenal fan on here   ;)- Vaila has started both the Riders League games so far and played the full 90 in each.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2009, 08:39:07 PM by redrobin »

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2009, 02:00:30 PM »
Riders Win on the Road

Plainview, New York
23rd May 2009

In Western Massachusetts, the Rough Riders women (1-1-1, 4 pts.) visited the Lady Pioneers (0-3-0, -3 pts.) and took home their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory.

Beginning the first half with tremendous pressure on the Western Mass defense, the Rough Riders hard work eventually paid about midway through the opening frame.

In the 18th minute, Liz Speck played a ball into the penalty box which Erin Pardini redirected to C.J. Ludemann. From about 25 yards out, Ludemann drilled a rocket of a shot into the top corner for an early 1-0 lead.

Just six minutes later, Amanda Pasciolla received a pass in the penalty box, turned on her defender and blasted home a low shot to the corner to give the Rough Riders the insurance marker.

The second half saw Western Mass come out desperate to get back into the game, but after the Rough Riders survived the storm, they were able to control the pace of the game and hang on for the victory.

Rough Riders goalkeeper Kim Yacenda has only surrendered one goal through three games and claimed her second consecutive clean sheet on Saturday night.

The Rough Riders women will travel to Connecticut on Sunday and take on the Passion at 3PM. Their next home game will be Saturday, May 30th at 5PM against the Washington Freedom.

Extract from
http://www.liroughriders.com/women/333564.html

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2009, 02:06:19 PM »
Women win 4-1, Go Undefeated on Road Trip

Middletown, Connecticut
24th May 2009

The day after a strong 2-0 win against the Western Mass Lady Pioneers, the Rough Riders women (2-1-1, 7 pts) capped off an undefeated weekend with a convincing 4-1 victory against the Connecticut Passion (0-1-1, 1 pt.).

Captain Kerri McCabe was prominent on the scoresheet, factoring in three of the four goals on the afternoon scoring two goals and adding an assist.

Early on, the Rough Riders didn’t waste time grabbing the lead as just five minute into the match Brooke DeRosa scored her first goal of the season. Newly added Mollie Dreska assisted on the opening goal.

In the 20th minute, it was DeRosa netting her second goal of the afternoon and receving a well played long-ball into the penalty box from McCabe.

Eleven minutes later, McCabe scored her first goal of the year, thanks in part to poor defending from Connecticut.  McCabe’s corner kick went directly into the net to extend the Rough Riders lead to three.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Rough Riders took a commanding 4-0 lead when Vaila Barsley hammered home a McCabe corner kick for her first tally of the season.

Connecticut would take advantage of a lapse in the Rough Riders defense in the 59th minute and cut the lead to three, but Long Island would hold on for a 4-1 victory, their second win of the season.

"I’m very happy with the way the team is coming together," said Rough Riders head coach John Fitzgerald after the victory. "We gave a good all-around, two-way effort today and I’m eager to see us continue to progress."

"Every match we’re playing cleaner and cleaner soccer."

The Rough Riders men and women will return home for their third doubleheader of the season on Saturday, May 30th. The games begin at 5PM when the women host the Washington Freedom and continue at 7:30PM as the men take on the Rhode Island Stingrays. One ticket is good for both games.

http://www.liroughriders.com/women/333811.html


Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2009, 02:14:10 PM »
Barsley Named to W-League Team of the Week

Plainview, New York
29th May 2009

After scoring a goal in their 4-1 defeat of Connecticut and playing 165 minutes over two games this pass weekend, Rough Riders women’s team defender Vaila Barsley was named to the W-League Team of the Week on Thursday.

Barsley, a junior at St. John’s University, headed home the Rough Riders fourth goal in a rout of the Connecticut Passion capping off an undefeated weekend for the women.

Receiving "Honorable Mention" was Rough Riders goalkeeper Kim Yacenda, who last week was named to the W-League Team of the Week.

"Vaila and Kim have both both done a good job for us, and are steadily becoming more and more solid," said Rough Riders head coach John Fitzgerald.
 
"Kim’s play was crucial for us in the beginning matches as the team started to form it’s personality and gain confidence.  Her work rate at training is tremendous, and she deserves the accolades she’s received thus far.  Vaila is steadily emerging as a team leader.  We have a solid defense that has allowed us to experiment in other places, and she’s a big reason why.  Her teammates chose her as "Game Captain" for her performance against Boston, and her goal against Connecticut was incredible as she hammered in a header worthy of Premier League highlights!"

The Rough Riders women (2-1-1, 7 pts.) return home Saturday night to take on the Washington Freedom (1-0-0, 3 pts.) at 5PM at Cy Donnelly Stadium located at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington. The men’s team will follow the women’s game and play the Rhode Island Stingrays at 7:30PM.

http://www.liroughriders.com/women/335217.html

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2009, 12:33:42 PM »
Rough Riders Split Homecoming

South Huntington, New York
30th May 2009

Playing back home after spending the past handful of games on the road, the Rough Riders men’s and women’s team split their third doubleheader of the season on Saturday night. The women were downed by the Washington Freedom 3-1 in the opener and to cap off the night, the men defeated the Rhode Island Stingrays 7-1.

The Rough Riders women started off on the wrong foot as four minutes into the start of the match, they found themselves down 1-0. Meghan Lenczyck pounced on a misplayed ball by Rough Riders goalkeeper Kim Yacenda to give the Freedom the early lead.

Early in the second half, Washington extended their lead with two goals in five minutes. Kimmy Germain would tally in the 52nd minute and Jenn Parsons would add the third goal of the night for Washington, putting her shot just over Yacenda’s fingertips and into the back of the net.

Just two minutes later, the Rough Riders tried to claw their way back as Brooke DeRosa headed home a Kerri McCabe cross to cut the lead to two. Freedom goalkeeper Eliza Bennett-Hattan would make six saves on the night to give Washington the victory.

The women’s team falls to 2-2-1 (7 pts.) and in a tie with the Boston Renegades for first-place in the Northeast Division.

Extract from
http://www.liroughriders.com/home/335472.html

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2009, 01:14:41 PM »
Rough Riders Welcome Back Frey

Plainview, New York
4th June 2009

This Saturday, the Long Island Rough Riders women's team will welcome back a vital member of their defense from the past two seasons. Meghan Frey will return to the team and start in goal. The men's team looks to extend their winning streak to five games in the second part of the doubleheader.

Frey was the last line of defense a year ago as the Rough Riders women marched their way to the USL's Eastern Conference Final Four. She'll be starting in goal as the Rough Riders women (2-2-1, 7 pts.) host the Western Mass Lady Pioneers (0-4-0, 0 pts.) at 5PM. It will be the second meeting of the season between the two teams. Back on May 23rd, the Rough Riders defeated the Lady Pioneers 2-0 to earn their first victory of the season.

The women will be looking to get back on track after a loss this past Saturday to Washington and move up in the Northeast Division standings, which at the moment is very crowded at the top.

Extract from
http://www.liroughriders.com/home/336090.html

Offline pat51

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 980
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2009, 04:51:40 PM »
Is this the Meghan who had a season at Bristol Rovers a few years back ? She played in a cup semi final against Charlton which Rovers lost one nil...she was a quality keeper.

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2009, 05:56:54 PM »
Is this the Meghan who had a season at Bristol Rovers a few years back ? She played in a cup semi final against Charlton which Rovers lost one nil...she was a quality keeper.

Not sure if it is or not. If you mean the semi-final at Dagenham that would be 2004-2005. I believe there was a Meghann Burke with the Gas Girls that season but I assumed it was Toni-Anne in goal when we played them. I might well be wrong about that, though - I'll have to see if I can find the programme!! 

One goalie incident I do remember from that game. Pauline Cope lost a contact lens after about a quarter of an hour and everyone including the ref was looking for it - I think she continued with a replacement in the end.

Offline redrobin

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 3828
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2009, 06:37:37 PM »
Is this the Meghan who had a season at Bristol Rovers a few years back ? She played in a cup semi final against Charlton which Rovers lost one nil...she was a quality keeper.

Not sure if it is or not. If you mean the semi-final at Dagenham that would be 2004-2005. I believe there was a Meghann Burke with the Gas Girls that season but I assumed it was Toni-Anne in goal when we played them. I might well be wrong about that, though - I'll have to see if I can find the programme!! 

One goalie incident I do remember from that game. Pauline Cope lost a contact lens after about a quarter of an hour and everyone including the ref was looking for it - I think she continued with a replacement in the end.

Think I mtight have sorted it out now - there was a Meghann Burke in the WUSA squad of Carolina Courage who shared goalkeeping duties with Kristine Luckenbill. Around the same time, Meghan Frey was a development player in the New York Power squad - she's still obviously an East Coast lady having carved out a career with the Riders. :)

Offline pat51

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 980
    • View Profile
Re: Long Island Rough Riders
« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2009, 07:25:25 AM »
Thanks for the info and the research. I just remembered seeing an American girl playing for Bristol Rovers at the time when they had a few non English players . This must have been the semi from 2005 and it was Meghann Burke- this was during the time when Toni-Anne had dropped out of football.