Rochester Rhinos News Release - www.rhinossoccer.com
Friday, April 24, 2009
BAYAMON, PR -- The Rochester Rhinos faced the Puerto Rico Islanders for the first time since falling in last season’s USL-1 Semifinal Round. The Islanders advanced to the league title match only to lose to the Vancouver Whitecaps. In an evenly played match the Rhinos and Islanders played to a scoreless draw Saturday evening.
Rochester, playing without defenders John Ball and Danny Earls due to red cards received in their previous match, moved the ball well during the first half of play as they set the pace of play.
The first 45 minutes saw each team denied by the goal post. For Rochester Tai Atieno had Bill Gaudette beaten but was denied by the post. The Islanders’ Nicholas Adderly returned the favor four minutes later, but nearly saw the deflection cross the line were it not for rookie defender Nano Short, who cleared the rebound off the line with a header.
Puerto Rico began the second half strong applying pressure early. Goalkeeper Scott Vallow came up with two huge saves to keep the game scoreless in the first ten minutes of the second stanza.
Johnny Menyongar had an opportunity in the 77th for Rochester, but Islander goalkeeper Bill Gaudette made a diving save.
The Rhinos moved to 0-1-1 on the season while the Islanders are 1-0-1 two games into the campaign.
Rochester will continue their road swing on Sunday when they face the Miami FC Blues. Kickoff for the match is 6:00 p.m.
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