BRONX, N.Y. – In a battle for the last playoff spot in the United Women’s Soccer East Conference, the New York Surf Soccer Club hosts the Long Island Rough Riders to SUNY Martime College at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The Surf is 5-2-2 and 17 points and the Rough Riders are 5-1-1- and 16 points.
New Jersey Copa FC sits in first place in the East Conference with 22 points, with point the second-place New England Munity at 18 points. To put themselves in a position to reach the July 18 conference championship match the Surf would need to defeat Long Island Saturday, and New England would have to either lose or draw in its game against the Western New York Flash Sunday. The Rough Riders still will be in the mix regardless of the result as they still have two more matches remaining on their schedule next week.
The Surf is also a legitimate contender to reach the UWS playoffs as the wild card team. The criteria to determine the wild card is based on components such as record, strength of schedule and travel difficulty.
NY Surf enters the match on the heels of a 5-0 shutout win over the New York Magic last Saturday afternoon. After taking a 1-0 lead into halftime via a Furtuna Velaj to Corinna Ferrante tally in the fifth minute, the New York offense exploded for four goals over an eight-minute span in the second half.
Velaj hooked up Erica Murphy in the 72nd minute before Meagen Doyle fed Murphy a second goal just one minute later. Ferrante then scored an unassisted tally in the 75th minute, while Faith Daley put away a solo score in the 80th minute.