Islanders Take Rochester 1-0
Morgan Langley Scores in First Half, Shut Out for Keeper Nick Noble
From USL/Nicholas Murray
(May 4, 2013- Rochester. NY) – Morgan Langley scored the only goal of the game as the Harrisburg City Islanders took a 1-0 win against the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday night at Sahlen's Stadium. The victory gave the City Islanders the season-sweep of their series with the Rhinos, keeping Rochester without a win this season.
Harrisburg opened brightly, and came close to taking the lead with a well-worked move that Sainey Touray just sent wide of the right post in the sixth minute. The City Islanders had the better of most of the possession early on, but almost got caught out as Gabe Latigue sent Matt Luzunaris through on goal for the Rhinos. City Islanders goalkeeper Nick Noble came off his line to challenge, and the two players collided, leaving Luzunaris down. After treatment, the striker was carted from the field and taken to hospital.
Harrisburg continued to have the better of the play, and took the lead in the 37th minute off a corner from the right by Cris Hernandez. The delivery was met at the near post by Touray, and his flick was put home at the back post by Langley for his first goal of the season. The Rhinos came close to tying the game late in the half, but Latigue's shot curled over the crossbar from the top of the penalty area.
The City Islanders came close to adding to their lead early in the second half, a good move coming to Touray 10 yards from goal, but Rhinos goalkeeper Kristian Nicht made a good reaction save to deny him. Rochester responded well, and almost found an equalizer as Tyler Roselund headed an effort off the crossbar following a corner kick in the 55th minute.
The Rhinos continued to push forward in search of an equalizer, and Tam McManus forced a good save from a free kick from 25 yards as Noble tipped his effort over the crossbar in the 74th minute. Kendall McFayden was also dangerous after coming on as a substitute, but the City Islanders were able to hold on to take victory, rebounding from a midweek defeat to Charleston.
Nick Noble earned his first shut out of the season. Islanders record is 4-1-0, best in club franchise.
Islanders are home next Friday, May 10 when the face the first of two visits from Antiqua Barracuda FC. Kickoff is 7:00 pm at Skyline Sports Complex, City Island, Harrisburg.