ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Lady Lancers dropped a 2-0 home decision to the Long Island Rough Riders in a United Women's Soccer game at Charles A. Schiano Field at Aquinas Institute on Sunday afternoon.

Kerianne Scorce scored both goals off headers for the Rough Riders, one on each side of halftime.

"We possessed the ball well," Lady Lancers head coach Sal Galvano said. "We just can't finish in the attacking third and we had a hard time getting shots off for quality opportunities. We still trying to find the right chemistry."

The visitors grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute when Mia Daly set up Scorce for her first goal past goalkeeper Catie Broderick.

Long Island gave itself some breathing room in the 59th minute, scoring off a corner kick. This time Scorce headed in a Kayla Saager cross. "We didn't mark up," Galvano said.

Keeper Melissa Gugleilmo recorded the shutout for the Rough Riders.

Galvano praised the play of midfielder Luca Fahmer and center back Dylan Patterson. "Luca did a fantastic job in the middle," he said. "She's just a workhorse. She was all over. She won balls, controlled it, distributed it, took shots. She was the all-around player today for me. She did really well." "Dylan Patterson a good job as well, holding up our defensive side of things."

The Lady Lancers next host the Connecticut Fusion at Aquinas on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. in another doubleheader. The Lancers men will welcome the Pittsburgh Hotspurs in an NPSL match at 5 p.m.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Just call it Momo Magic. Then again, goalkeeper Andrew Coughlin produced some of his own magic guarding the goal.

Uros Momic's second goal of the night snapped a 1-1 tie in the 69th minute to boost the Rochester Lancers to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland SC in a National Premier Soccer League game at Charles A. Schiano Field at Aquinas Institute on Sunday evening. Coughlin who made several big saves, including stopping a penalty kick to keep Cleveland SC off the scoreboard and off balance, was named man of the match.

The win avenged Rochester's 4-0 defeat at Cleveland SC on May 26. The Lancers raised their record to 2-1 in the Midwest Region East Conference while Cleveland SC fell to 2-2.

Despite being outplayed by the visitors for a good portion of the match, the Lancers found a way to prevail as they won their second home game of the season.  They can thank Coughlin and Momic for that.

Momic converted a penalty kick in the 11th minute to boost the Lancers into a 1-0 lead.  Some 11 minutes later, Coughlin made the save of the match, guessing correctly and saving Michael Derezic's penalty kick after Vincent Bell was taken down in the box to keep the Rochester lead at one goal.

Not surprisingly, Coughlin also frustrated several Cleveland SC players during the run of play.  Coughlin also had some help from the woodwork. In the 35th minute, Antonio José Manfut fired a shot off the post. Manfut had an affinity for the goal as he sent a shot off another post in the 67th minute.  As good as Coughlin was, he wasn't perfect. In the 63rd minute, Derezic made up for his missed penalty kick, went around two defenders and beat the keeper to knot things up at 1-1.  Momic, however, broke the deadlock, scoring off an Enrique corner kick in the 69th minute.

Coughlin and the Lancers were able to keep Cleveland SC off the scoreboard for the final 21 minutes.  Cleveland played without its leading goal-scorer Tom Beck after he was red-carded in the team's Friday match against the Erie Commodores.

Both Rochester sides will remain at home next Sunday, June 9 for another Aquinas doubleheader. The Lady Lancers host the Connecticut Fusion at 2 p.m. and the Lancers' men welcome the Pittsburgh Hotspurs for a 5 p.m. encounter in NPSL action.

Michael Lewis, Front Row Soccer