Rough Riders Complete 2009 Season Sweep with 2-0 Defeat over Newark
Karcz and the Express are looking to turn around their season (Photo by David Katz)
Newark, N.J. (Thursday, May 28, 2009) – Undoubtedly, the Newark Ironbound Express caught some teams by surprise in their inaugural season of 2008, but it is clearly evident that the top clubs in the Northeast Division are prepared for the Express (3-3-0) this year. After suffering a 2-0 shutout loss to the first place Long Island Rough Riders (4-1-0) last night at Lubetkin Field, Newark dropped their second decision in three games to be swept by Long Island for the 2009 season.
Despite having an 11-8 advantage in shots and a 9-4 edge in corner kicks, the Express were outdone in the one category that matters in the 2-0 defeat. Rough Rider head coach Dan Fisher had a well-planned approach to his game plan in this contest, and his team executed it for him. Being the road club, Long Island took an obvious defensive approach to the first half and was satisfied to go into intermission with a 0-0 tally. The Express had their opportunities in the first 45, but they saw a handful of near hits sail wide of their target.
The Rough Riders came into the second half with more aggressive play, and the tactical change seemingly caught Newark off balance. Express netminder Derby Carrillo was having a very good game in goal for Newark, but Long Island finally got the better of him when a deflection redirected a Tadeu Terra shot attempt into the back of the net in the 62nd minute. A Pavelid Casteneda to Adam Himeno notch nine minutes later seemed to deflate any attempt from the Express to fight their way back into the match.
Newark is now in desperate need of a gut check because any more slipups will likely knock them from any hopes of reaching the postseason this year. After going unbeaten at home last season, they have already came out on the wrong end of two home match-ups, and their current three losses in six games are more than they suffered throughout their entire 2008 slate of 16 contests. There is no doubt that the talent on the roster is there to turn this season around, but it will have to take a much better effort in game planning if the team is to right the ship.
The Express now hit the road to face the Westchester Flames (1-1-2) on Saturday night before returning to Lubetkin Field to host the U.S. Open Cup bound Barons on Sunday evening at 4:00 p.m.
Stay tuned to the team website at www.newarkironboundexpress.com for all of the latest updates regarding the Express.