UWS Preview: Surf, Rough Riders, Magic In Action

United Women's Soccer, UWS

It will be an action-packed weekend for the three local teams in United Women’s Soccer (UWS), with New York Surf on the pitch back-to-back days.

Saturday, June 24
New York Surf vs. Lancaster Inferno
2 p.m. — SUNY Maritime

In the first game of an important two-match weekend, the New York Surf (3-1-2 East) host the Lancaster Inferno (3-3 East) in the first of three home games at SUNY Maritime. New York will travel north on Sunday to face New England in western Massachusetts in their final road game of the season.

The Surf will look to avenge their lone loss of the 2017 campaign, as they dropped a 2-1 contest to Lancaster on the road on Sunday, June 4. In their home opener at Pucillo Field, the Inferno held on for the win after a late New York comeback attempt.

Midfielder Tesa McKibben (42nd minute) and forward Emily Kupsov (50th minute) led the Lancaster offense while the combination of Jordan Kamp and Kelly O’Brien made nine saves in goal. New York gained control of play in the second half and in the 71st minute, forward Erica Murphy capitalized on a rebound from a Flo Gamby shot after a great save by O’Brien to make the split the deficit.

New York Magic vs. New Jersey Copa FC
3 p.m. — Brooklyn High School

The New York Magic (0-4-1 East) host New Jersey Copa FC (4-1-1 East) in the teams only matchup of the 2017 regular season. In 15 games spanning two seasons, New York has still yet to register a victory in UWS East play.

In her fourth game back with Copa after a stint overseas with Apollon Ladies, forward Krystyna Freda scored her fifth goal in the 21st minute against New York Surf to put NJCFC up by a 1-0 score. But Flo Gamby would tally the game-tying goal in the 55th minute for the Surf, spoiling New Jersey’s three-game winning streak.

While the Magic has struggled offensively this season, its defense has been bolstered by the strong play of netminder Sierra Bonham, who is third in UWS with 29 saves. In New York’s 3-1 loss at Lancaster last week, Bonham made 12 saves.

Sunday, June 25
New England Mutiny vs. New York Surf
5 p.m. — E. Longmeadow High School

It has been a two-week layoff for the New England Mutiny (4-2 East) who return to action against a New York Surf side who, as noted earlier, will play Lancaster on Saturday.

In their first big test of 2017, the Mutiny hit the road and the Surf offense struck early in each half in the 4-2 victory at SUNY Maritime. Midfielder Jordan Clark put the Surf on the scoreboard in the 8th minute, blasting her header from a Flo Gamby corner kick off the crossbar and past New England goalkeeper Annie Ulliac. Five minutes later, forward Erica Murphy maneuvered through the Mutiny defense and beat Ulliac for the 2-0 score. New England got a goal back through forward Kate Howarth in the 29th minute but the Surf notched two goals early in the second half to put the game out of reach.

New Jersey Copa FC vs. Long Island Rough Riders
7 p.m — St. John Vianney High School

It has also been a two-week layoff for the Long Island Rough Riders, who dominated Lancaster on the road 6-1 in their last game on Sunday, June 11, to put them atop the East Conference. Christina Dutcher’s two goals and assist led the Long Island attack in the victory.

Overall, forward Morgan Santoro leads the team in scoring with five goals on the season, with Kayla Saager right behind her with four goals. Goalkeeper Melissa Guglielmo has spent the majority of time in goal for the Rough Riders, allowing only one goal past her in 360 minutes of action.

Long Island handed New Jersey its only loss of the season on Saturday, May 30. The Rough Riders hosted Copa at Cy Donnelly Stadium and were on the front foot from start to finish in the 3-0 win. Santoro had a goal in each half and midfielder Taylor Elliott led the team to victory over the 2016 UWS runner-ups. Both teams had their fair share of chances in the first half, but it was Santoro’s goal in the 36th minute that broke the deadlock. Long Island doubled their lead in the 65th minute when Santoro faked her shot and then rifled the ball into the corner.