The Rochester Lady Lancers will host the Long Island Rough Riders in a United Women’s Soccer match at the Wegman’s Sports Complex at Aquinas Institute Sunday at 1 p.m.

After a rough start on opening weekend when the Lady Lancers (0-2-1) were dominated by two top teams in the East Conference, they at least had something to smile about after a 1-1 draw at home against the New York Magic in Week II action.

Although they had a chance to win the match in second-half injury time, a positive result did much to embolden Rochester as the Lady Lancers face their fourth different East opponent this Sunday afternoon.

While the Rough Riders pose a tough test on a normal occasion, the Lady Lancers are at home and their visitors are playing their second match in as many days, so that may help sway the outcome in the home side’s favor.

On Saturday night, the Western New York Flash and Long Island battled in Buffalo.

In fact, the teams played to a draw in their first meeting of this campaign, a 1-1 verdict at Saint Anthony’s High School on opening weekend.

The Rough Riders opened the scoring in the 31st minute via Marist College forward Hope Quinonez but the Flash dealt the hosts a dagger in the heart with a late goal from defender Kaelyn Gamel. But Long Island bounced back in Week II action, as forward Morgan Santoro had a goal in each half in a strong 3-0 win over defending conference champions New Jersey. Santoro and midfielder Taylor Elliott were named to the UWS team of the week.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at