UWS Week VI: Surf Draw With Copa, Magic Fall To Inferno

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From left: Colleen Hickey, NY Surf; Flo Gamby, NY Surf; Sierra Bonham, NY Magic

In what was a battle of two of the top teams in United Women’s Soccer’s Eastern Conference, New York Surf was able to leave New Jersey with a point after a 1-1 draw with Copa FC.

The Father’s Day matchup was dominated by New Jersey, which outshot its cross-river rivals by a 21-9 margin. Copa goalkeeper Kristyn Shea made four saves, which included stopping a breakaway opportunity in the 15th minute. New York’s Colleen Hickey made five saves for New York.

New Jersey is now tied atop the East with the Long Island Rough Riders, the only team to defeat Copa this season. Surf remain within striking distance in the conference race and face a big two-game weekend in Week VII action.

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Copa opened the scoring in the 21st minute when forward Krystyna Freda’s shot from the far right wing settled into the near side netting; her fifth goal in four games.

New York drew even in the 55th minute. Off back-to-back corner kicks by Totianyu Guadalupe, Furtuna Velaj took the second corner and sent a ball across the six where Flo Gamby was positioned to put away her second goal of the season.

Copa had chances to regain the lead. Jackie Bruno’s shot in the 63rd minute was tipped just wide of the near post on a dive by Hickey. In the 67th minute, Christina Rodgers hit the crossbar from distance and Rebecca Raber’s look at the rebound missed right. Rodgers had another good look in the 69th minute before Hickey thwarted the chance. She stopped Rodgers again in the 83rd minute before the game ended deadlocked.

LANCASTER INFERNO 3, NEW YORK MAGIC 1

The Lancaster Inferno picked up their third win of the season, got back to a .500 record and swept the season series with the New York Magic (0-4-1 East) on Sunday afternoon at Pucillo Field. A goal and an assist from forward Haley Crawford and the game-winner from Tesa McKibben guaranteed a 3-1 win for the host side.

Magic goalkeeper Sierra Bonham made 12 saves in the loss while the combination of Kelly O’Brien and Jordan Kamp made four saves in goal for the Inferno. Lancaster controlled the run of play from the outset and outshot New York by a 15-6 margin.

In the 10th minute, a ball was crossed into the Magic penalty area and eventually found Crawford. The James Madison standout shot from 15 yards out hit the crossbar and bounced down behind Bonham for the game’s first goal.

Three minutes later, McKibben and defender Trisha Clark had a give-and-go at the top of the box. About eight yards from the end line, the former Saint Francis star drove the ball into the side netting for a two-goal lead.

In the 55th minute, New York cut the score in half when Mami Yamaguchi took advantage of a Lancaster miscue and chipped Kamp for her first goal of the season. Inferno got the insurance tally in the 70th minute, as Crawford’s corner kick found Maddie Schwartz who redirected the ball past Bonham at the near post.