The New York Surf and New York Magic each got big wins over the weekend as the two teams continue to battle for playoff position in United Women’s Soccer (UWS) East Conference.
NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 4
NEW YORK MAGIC 0
EAST LONGMEADOW, MA — New England Mutiny forward Kate Howarth took over the top spot on the team’s all-time scoring charts in Sunday afternoon’s 4-0 win over the New York Magic (0-7-1). The three-goal performance put the team captain on the top (42 goals, 13 assists, 97 points) and also kept her team in the hunt for a spot in the East Final (Tuesday, July 18).
The top two teams in the conference will battle it out for the automatic berth into the United Women’s Soccer National Championship (July 21-22) and New England is still in the mix alongside the New York Surf, Long Island and Lancaster. New Jersey has already qualified as the first team in the conference final.
It only took three minutes for Howarth to tie former Mutiny star and current University of Miami Head Coach Mary-Frances Monroe (36 goals, 21 assists, 93 points) at the top of the team’s scoring chart. The former Hurricane tallied the game-winning goal off an assist from forward Abby Sotomayor — her fifth of the season. In the 20th minute, Howarth took the all-time mark, breaking in on the New York goal and slotting her shot past goalkeeper Sierra Bonham for the 2-0 lead. Three minutes later, defender Brittany Champagne went coast-to-coast and notched her first goal of the season for the 3-0 score. In the 56th minute, midfielder Sharlotte Pernice sent in Howarth on a breakaway for the final tally in the 4-0 victory.
NEW YORK MAGIC 0
NEW YORK SURF 5
BROOKLYN, NY — The New York Surf (5-2-2 East) kept their hopes up of earning a spot in the 2017 East Final on Saturday night at Poly Prep Country Day School, with a 5-0 road win over the New York Magic and sweeping the season series in the local derby.
Two goals each from forward Erica Murphy and midfielder Corinna Ferrante powered the Surf offense while goalkeeper Colleen Hickey made four saves in the victory. Magic goalkeeper Sierra Bonham made six saves in the loss as the hosts were out-shot by an 11-4 margin.
Ferrante opened the scoring in the fifth minute, as she converted on a rebound from a shot by forward Furtuna Velaj. The game would be interrupted at halftime by a lightning delay and remained at 1-0 in the Surf’s favor all the way up until the 72nd minute of play when Murphy notched the first of two straight goals in two minutes off another rebound from a Velaj shot. Ferrante followed Murphy’s two goals with her second tally of the game in the 75th minute. Midfielder Faith Daley finished the scoring on the night in the 80th minute with her unassisted goal.
LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 5
ROCHESTER LADY LANCERS 1
SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY — The Long Island Rough Riders (5-1-1 East) got back in the win column in impressive fashion last Friday afternoon, as two goals apiece from forward Morgan Santoro and forward Erica Modena powered the hosts to a 5-1 win over the Rochester Lady Lancers at Saint Anthony’s High School.
The prior weekend, Long Island dropped their first contest of the season to conference leaders New Jersey. But that result has not hurt the Rough Riders, as the victory over Rochester keeps them right in the mix for the second spot in the East Final – and an opportunity to win the season series against Copa, as the two teams have split their two games in 2017.
Santoro got Long Island on the scoreboard early in this match, converting on a cross from Modena in the second minute. In the 29th minute, the Adelphi University star tallied the eventual game-winner on a through ball from midfielder Taylor Elliott. In first half injury time, midfielder Sofia Sanchez made it a 3-0 game on an assist from defender Taylor Groth as both teams went into halftime.
Modena tallied both goals for the Rough Riders in the second half in the 58th & 78th minutes before the Lady Lancers got on the score sheet in the 88th minute via Taylor Wingerden’s third goal of the year. Rochester goalkeeper Caitie Broderick (eight saves) picked up the loss while Melissa Guglielmo and Shannon Robinson made two total saves.