1st Place NJ Wildcats Hosting Long Island

Wildcats midfielder Amber Brooks has two goals and three assists on the season.

Rough Riders Visit TCNJ Lions Stadium on Thursday at 8 p.m.

Coming off back-to-back wins, the first place New Jersey Wildcats (3-1-2, 11 points) look to firmly position itself atop the USL W-League Northeast Division Table on Thursday night, hosting the second place Long Island Rough Riders (3-2-0, 9 points) at TCNJ Lions Stadium in Ewing. With a victory in the match, the Wildcats would hold a five-point divisional lead as it heads into the final month of the regular season.

“The way the division is shaking out, there is a lot riding on this game,” Wildcats head coach Jim Gabarra confirmed. “It has become a lot more even in the standings over the past few weeks. There has been some surprise results, and we have let some points slip away.”

This match marks the second meeting between the Wildcats and Long Island, with the first contest resulting in a 3-2 win for the Rough Riders after a stoppage time own goal went in its favor.

“We have three total games against Long Island, and this is our first home game with them,” Gabarra continued. “We dropped a heart breaking loss up there in Long Island, so we have to do our best tomorrow to get back those three points. We want to make sure we stay ahead of the pack, and the way we do that is to take each game one at a time and make sure to not look too far ahead.”

After starting the season with three consecutive wins, the Rough Riders have come out on the wrong side of their last two results, 1-0 defeats to the New York Magic and North Jersey Valkyries. Long Island does still hold a 20-4 goal advantage on the year, which would be used as the tiebreaker if the team finished even in the divisional standings at the end of the regular season. The Wildcats currently possess a 19-10 goal differential but aim to make sure no tiebreakers are necessary at the conclusion of the W-League schedule. A home win tomorrow evening against the Rough Riders would be a very positive stride in that direction.

Tickets for all Wildcats home matches are available now and can be attained by calling 732-720-9163, and they also are available the day of the game at the gate. Individual tickets as well as team and family packages are available, and more information about the Wildcats can be found online at njwildcats.com.



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