Women’s Shockers Record First Win, 2-1 Victory Over Rhode Island RoguesBreann McKeon
Photo Credit: Amber Yarter
After a two week hiatus following their inaugural Women’s Premier Soccer League matchup, the New York Shockers earned their first victory 2-1 on their home turf as they played host to the Rhode Island Rogues on Saturday night.
The Shockers found the back of the net for the very first time this season, and it was a goal to remember. Off the cross from a corner kick in the 10th minute, defender Michelle Lomoz headed the ball to forward Dora Hayes who then headed the ball into the net. Last night was Hayes first appearance for the Shockers.
“It’s always a great feeling to come out and help get a good result for the team,” Hayes said. “I thought the chemistry was really good, and it was a good experience playing with them for the first time.”
Beyond the first goal, the Shockers began to gain the upper hand of possession as they kept the pressure high on the Rogues’ defensive line.
Despite this match being the Shockers second official game, the continuous build-up of the new squad’s chemistry was evident. In minute 42, midfielder Ashley Cirilla received a long ball when she was alone at the top of the left wing. Instead of seizing a one-on-one opportunity with the keeper, Cirilla held on to the ball and slid a perfect pass to Katrina Kurtz. Hot off of a 30-yard run, Kurtz one touched the cross to the back of the net.
The first half ended with the Shockers up 2-0.
While the second half was loaded with scoring opportunities from both sides, the Rogues were the only team to find the back of the net in the last 45 minutes. With only three minutes left to spare, a Rogue forward scored a goal in minute 87.
Even with their awe-worthy goals, the Shockers offensive line wasn’t the only standout performance of the night. The Shockers’ defense was strong and solid despite the late Rhode Island goal. Shockers’ defenders weren’t afraid to use their bodies as they matched the intensifying physicality from the Rogues, and even had some sliding attempts to stop shots and crosses.
The Shockers have only allowed one goal between their two games, and last night’s win was awarded to minder Taylor Dorado.
“We didn’t get the shutout, but at the end of the day we still got the result and I’m very pleased about that,” Head Coach of the Shockers CC Cobb said. “It gave us a lot to look at in terms of training and what we can do in order to keep moving forward.”
New York’s record improved to 1-0-1, while Rhode Island recorded their first loss of the season- making their record 2-1.
The Shockers are set to hit the road for their first away game in Yonkers against Westchester United F.C on June 12 at 5:00 p.m.