In addition to seeking their first win, the Rays were also looking to register their first goal of the season as well, after being shut out by Long Island four days before. Last year's club scored a remarkable 39 total goals last year (2.43 per game), and their anemic output thus far may be a testament to the challenges of opening on the road.
The Crusaders received their first goal in the 11th minute from Dwight Barnett off a Stanley Nyzamba feed, giving the home side an early one-goal lead.
Undaunted, the Rays hunkered down, and limited the perennial PDL powerhouse to the one-goal advantage through the first three-quarters of the match, despite the home side unleashing 13 shots during the game.
However, the roof caved in completely for Mario Pereira's boys late in the second half, as the Crusaders scored three goals in the final 16 minutes of the match, and secured the 4-0 victory over the Rays.
The Rays will look to turn around their fortunates with some home cooking on Saturday night, as they face their divisional rival, the Vermont Voltage, at Pierce Field. The match will begin at 7:30pm. Great seats are still available!