June 14, 2012
NOT A GOOD KNIGHT
Brooklyn falls to LI at home, 4-2
MASPETH, N.Y. - Following a dominant performance in their last game, the Brooklyn Knights fell to their local rivals, the Long Island Rough Riders, 4-2, at the Met Oval on Wednesday night.
After giving up three quick goals and struggling early on defense, the Knights (3-4-1) put themselves in a hole that they were unable to overcome in the Premier Development League match. Brooklyn had bested Central Jersey, 4-1, at Rider University on Sunday.
Before fans could get even be comfortably seated. the Rough Riders (4-2-1) had taken a quick lead. Four minutes into play the visitors got on the board with a goal by forward Keith Detelj, off an assist from midfielder Aaron Dennis. Three minutes later, the Rough Riders struck again a goal by midfielder Sean Sepe, assisted by defender Tim Parker.
Long Island made it 3-0 at the 18-minute mark off an unassisted goal by midfielder Gerassimos Magoulas. The Knights did not get a shot on goal until well into the first half of play before Jose Batista converted a penalty kick.
The Blue and White narrowed the lead 3-2 on a header by Dwayne Reid, assisted from a centering pass by Batista at the 42nd-minute mark. But that would be as close as the Knights would come. Rough Riders defender Danny Kramer scored the final goal of the half and the game in the 44th minute.
After struggling on defense throughout the opening half, the Knights tightened things up in the second and half did not allow even a shot on goal throughout in the second half of play. However, they they were unable to muster anything on offense.
The Knights host the Ocean City Nor'easters at the Oval on Wednesday, June 20 at 8 p.m.