May 17, 2009
Palacio's 3 goals power Riders men
South Huntington, L.I. -- Mike Palacio connected for a hat-trick to power the Long Island Rough Riders men to a 3-1 Premier Development League victory over the Newark Ironbound Express in the first game of a doubleheader at St. Anthony's High School on Saturday night.
In the nightcap, the Riders women played to a 0-0 draw with the Boston Renegades in a W-League encounter.
On a dreary, overcast night, the Riders men did not take long to get the crowd of 535 at Cy Donnelly Stadium on their feet. In the eighth minute, Palacio drilled a left-footed shot just outside of the penalty area and into the upper left-hand corner past goalkeeper Troy Hernandez for a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, Palacio stuffed home a pass from Moussa Keita for a two-goal bulge.
Newark sliced the lead in half when Edison Bilbao headed home a cross from Chris Karcz. Palacio added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute off a cross from Ben Arikian.
The victory put the Riders men (2-0-0) in a tie for first place in the Northeast Division with the Ironbound Express (2-2-0).
The men travel to Ocean City, N.J. Sunday for a meeting with the Barons (0-0-1) with their hopes of qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup still alive.
In the second game, the Riders women could not capitalize on their two best chances of the game and held on for a scoreless draw with the Renegades.
Goalkeeper Kim Yascenda made 14 saves, staving off a ferocious Renegades attack in the first half.
In the second half, it was the Riders turn to carry the attack and it almost paid off twice. A Brooke DeRosa volley caromed off the cross-bar and then a Kerri McCabe shot was denied by the inside of the goalpost, the same post that denied DeRosa a goal a week ago.
The draw left Boston (0-1-1) and the Riders (0-1-1) in a four-way tie at the bottom of the Northeast Division.
Next week the Riders women will travel to Western Massachusetts and Connecticut for two key Northeast Division fixtures.
The Riders next home doubleheader is Saturday, May 30th when the women take on the Washington Freedom at 5 p.m. and the men host the Rhode Island Stingrays at 7:30 p.m.