Following two rare consecutive losses for CSR, the squad was able to get back on track at FDU stadium on Saturday evening. CSR was able to notch a 2-2 draw against a very talented Long Island Rough Riders roster. Up until the game, Long Island had only conceded a grand total of 3 goals in 11 games this season. CSR was able to get 2 more past Rough Rider goaltender, Samuel Ilin. The Rush now find themselves with a 7-3-3 record and have a strong grasp on the number 2 seed within a highly skilled Metropolitan Division.
Immediately after the opening kickoff, it was evident that the game was going to be chippy all the way through. In the last outing back in June, the Rough Riders had a player sent off and were forced to play the remainder of the game a man down. On Saturday, both CSR and Long Island had men sent off, so the game ultimately consisted of 10 players aside.
Off a broken play in the 15th minute, Bjarne Thiesen was able to get the night going for the visiting team, as he snuck a ball right past CSR goaltender, Ethan Koehler. Right before the halftime whistle blew, Regsan Watkins was able to tap the ball in for CSR off a corner kick to square the game at 1 goal apiece heading into the break. When the 2nd half commenced, CSR was buzzing with momentum. Ronaldo Da Silva was able to split through several Rough Rider defenders and blast the ball of the post into the bottom left corner to give the home team a 2-1 lead. Long Island displayed to fans why they’re the team to beat, as Max Rogers had a perfectly placed shot just 11 minutes after CSR scored to once again tie the game up.
CSR was outshot by Long Island via a 11 to 6 margin, with four shots being on target to Long Island’s seven. CSR committed 17 fouls (6 of those being yellow), while Long Island had 12 fouls of their own (4 of those being yellow). CSR now looks to finish the campaign strong in their season final versus Manhattan Soccer Club. Best of luck to the team in the postseason!