UWS Preview: Magic Take On Inferno

Sierra Bonham, UWS, New York Magic

The East Conference of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) only has one game on the slate this Memorial Day Weekend before kicking into high gear in June with six games on the Week IV slate.

The New York Magic and Lancaster Inferno will have the spotlight when it comes to Week III action in the East. Both teams are looking for their first victory of the 2017 season, as New York tied Rochester this past Sunday while Lancaster dropped a tough contest to New England Saturday night.

Saturday, May 27
New York Magic vs. Lancaster Inferno
6 p.m. — Poly Prep Country Day School (Brooklyn, NY)

The New York Magic (0-0-1 East) return to Brooklyn for the Summer 2017 season as they will host their home games at Poly Prep Country Day School. The Magic ended closed out the UWS 2016 season hosting the Lancaster Inferno (0-1-0 East) and will open its 2017 home schedule against the same team.

New York didn’t register a win last year in UWS action but they made a point in their 2016 finale via a 0-0 draw against the Inferno. With six saves in the match, former Magic goalkeeper Samantha Depken claimed the honor of the most amount of saves (67) in all of UWS last year.

Last Sunday, New York started the 2017 season in a more positive fashion as new goalkeeper Sierra Bonham had some last-second heroics in the 1-1 draw against the Rochester Lady Lancers (0-2-1 East). Bonham lunged to her right to thwart Rochester forward Taylor Wingerden’s penalty kick. Bonham was named to the UWS Team of the Week alongside defender Reny Viviana Roncancio Farfan, who scored the equalizer on a corner kick by forward Mami Yamaguchi in the 36th minute.

Lancaster started poorly in last Saturday’s 3-2 loss on the road to the New England Mutiny (2-0 East) but finished strong, forcing a tense conclusion to the match. Forward Haley Crawford and midfielder Traci Mohl scored the goals for the Inferno, but it was defender Trisha Clark who was named to the UWS Team of the Week. The centerback single-handedly kept the potent Mutiny offense at bay in the second half with her well-timed interceptions and tackles.

Information provided by United Women’s Soccer.