New Jersey Copa FC moved to the top of the United Women’s Soccer (UWS) East Conference standings after defeating the previously unbeaten Long Island Rough Riders 2-1 Sunday at Saint John Vianney High School.
Defender Alana O’Neill struck in the 54th minute before a penalty kick from forward Jeanine Nunez put Copa in front for good. New Jersey (19 points) remain unbeaten at home and moved four points in front of the conference field. O’Neill unleashed a shot from 30 yards that caromed off the underside of the crossbar and across the line. In the 61st minute, Freda eluded two defenders, leading to a breakaway on the left side of the box where she was taken down by Guglielmo. Nunez cashed in with her sixth tally of the season.
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Copa FC had other opportunities to extend its lead but midfielder Jessica Reinhardt and forward Krystyna Freda were twice denied by Rough Riders keeper Melissa Guglielmo (five saves).
Long Island struck first in the 4th minute when forward Madison Vasquez picked off an errant pass in the back from Copa goalkeeper Kristyn Shea (four saves) and went in uncontested and scored to the far post.
The win over Long Island was a measure of revenge for New Jersey. Earlier this season, the Rough Riders’ defeated Copa FC 3-0, the first loss for New Jersey in UWS play.
NEW YORK MAGIC 0, NEW JERSEY COPA FC 4
Two goals in each half propelled NJCFC to a 4-0 victory over the Magic. The goalkeeping combination of Andrea Leitner and Aytana Muschajew (three saves) notched the shutout in goal for the visitors. New York goalkeeper Sierra Bonham made six saves in the loss.
Copa FC tallied the eventual game-winning goal in the 25th minute, as midfielder Camille Bowen played a through ball to Lauren Mazich, who found forward Katarina Nilsson open in the box for a one-touch finish. Just minutes after subbing into the match for Nilsson, forward Alexis Williams capitalized on a rebound to put Copa up by a 2-0 score.
The Magic had scoring opportunities in the 32nd and 37th minutes but could not beat Leitner. It would take until the 80th minute for NJCFC to put the game out of reach, with Jeanine Nunez tallying the third goal and then converting on a penalty kick in the 90th minute for the final score.