Knights Roughed Up, 3-1, For First Loss Of Season
Knights lost 3-1 in a tough game with the Long Island Rough Riders in a match-up between two previously undefeated teams Sunday night at Aviator Field in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn hadn't allowed an opponent to score this year before Rough Rider's Raymond Hassett slipped a shot by keeper David Dittrich in the 19th minute.
Knights star forward Tarik Smith found the equalizer in the 30th minute, threading between two defenders while sprinting toward the goal. His crossfield shot tied the game 1-1.
But Long Island went ahead again two minutes later after Javier Gonzalez picked up a yellow card. The ensuing free kick resulted in Mike Grella booting in the Rough Rider's second goal.
Physical play intensified and a frustrated Grella was cautioned for throwing the ball into the turf.
Brooklyn was dealt a serious setback while trying to close the deficit: Terik Smith's hard tackle on Bradley Richards resulted in a red card. The Knights had to play the rest of the game a man down.
Smith will also have to sit out Saturday's road game against cross-town rival the Westchester Flames.
Long Island's Gary Sullivan scored the final goal in the 78th minute, despite strong play from midfielder Matia Damiani and defender Matteo Cioffi.
The 2-1 Knights return to action Saturday when they visit the Westchester Flames, who will be their next home opponent at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.