A Weekend Split For New York Surf

New York Surf Furtuna Velaj and Talani Barnett
New York Surf's Furtuna Velaj and Talani Barnett. (Barnett image via Twitter)

It was a split weekend in United Women’s Soccer action for New York Surf, which won its Saturday home match vs. Lancaster but fell to New England on Sunday.

Surf returned to action at Reinhart Field at SUNY Maritime College with a 3-1 win over the Inferno. New York took control of the match in the 14th minute when Sara Plowman sent in a corner to the middle of the penalty area, where Talani Barnett was able to go high and head the ball into the back of the net.

Maintaining its one-goal advantage into the second half, the Surf stretched its lead in the 58th minute when Trista Seara sent a ball into the box where Meagen Doyle was the recipient of her distribution. Upon gathering the feed, Doyle then popped the ball into the air before wowing the hometown crowd with a well-struck bicycle kick.

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New York made it a 3-0 in the 65th minute, as Furtuna Velaj twice flicked a ball inside the area before chipping it over Lancaster goalkeeper Jordan Camp. The goal by Velaj gives her five on the season, which is just two off the UWS lead.

With three points in the bag, the Surf headed north hoping for another result. But playing on heavy legs and against a tough New England side, New York fell 2-0. Charlie Branch (14th minute) and Chanel Johnson (67th minute) scored for the Mutiny.

This weekend, the Surf hit the road but stay close to home to play the New York Magic at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.