The New York Magic W-League team dealt a serious blow to the Long Island Rough Rider’s women’s team in a hard fought match at Iona College in New Rochelle on Saturday, June 2, 2012. The final score was (1-0) with Magic forward Rashidah Sherman scoring the only goal of the game off of an exceptional pass from midfielder Yuiko Inoue.In preparing for their cross-town rivals, the Magic created a defensive strategy and the defensive players (Kelci Hegg, Diane Hare, Brittany Sasselin and Ayaki Shinada) executed the game plan "to the tee".
Head coach Nino Depasquali said that the Magic team focused and played a superior tactical game against a formidable opponent. The Riders are currently the leading offensive team in the W-League so the Magic defenders had their work cut out for them. Forward Rashidah Sherman doingwhat she does best went to work to score the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute of play with a pass from Inoue that put Sherman in a one-on-one position with the Riders keeper.
During the game the Magic midfielders played smart as they pushed the offense forward and supported the defense in this exciting and impressive team win. It took the work of the whole team to win this game, said coach DePasquali, and I really compliment the players and the strong effort of the team.