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National Women's Soccer League

UNITED WOMEN'S SOCCER

May 16, 2016
UWS REVIEW
Rough Riders, Mutiny post 3-0 wins


LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 3, NEW JERSEY COPA F.C. 0
SOUTH HUNTINGTON, NY - Long Island’s Christina Bellero scored the first ever goal in United Women's Soccer history, leading the Long Island Rough Riders to a 3-0 win over New Jersey Copa F.C. at Saint Anthony’s High School Saturday.

Team captain Alexa Schneider sent a ball over the top of the Copa defense that the Saint John’s University forward ran on to and she beat goalkeeper Christiana Ogunsami on a 1 v. 1 with a low shot inside the corner of goal.

The Rough Riders doubled their lead in the 25th minute on a goal from Taylor Elliott. After some strong interplay on the flank, Laura Gomez ran in between two defenders to volley a cross that the Vanderbilt Commodore forward finished for the 2-0 game. The Gomez-Elliott combination caused fits for the NJCFC defense in the first half and the duo were rewarded with the goal.

Bellero scoed her second goal of the night in the 68th minute. The Melville, NY-native received the ball in between two Copa defenders and blasted her shot past goalkeeper Kristyn Shea for the 3-0 final score. Bellero was a pest all night for the Rough Riders attack and her hard work clinched the victory for the home side.

NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 3, NEW YORK MAGIC 0
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass.---Kate Howarth scored two goals and new signing Abby Sotomayor added a goal and an assist to lead the New England mutiny to a 3-0 win over the New York Magic at East Longmeadow High School Saturday night.

Howarth netted the game-winning goal in the 8th minute, as she dribbled in 1 v. 1 on goal thanks to a through-ball by Stephanie Santos and slotted her shot past Magic goalkeeper Samantha Depken (nine saves).

After Howarth’s game-winning goal, New England kept up the pressure on the New York defense. In the 28th minute, Sotomayor received a pass from midfielder Charlie Branch and shed her defender at the top of the penalty area to score.

The Colgate University freshman then assisted on Howarth’s second goal of the match in the 31st minute. The team captain got her shot past Depken with a cheeky side-footed flick of her boot for the 3-0 advantage.

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
For her two-goal effort Long Island’s forward Christina Bellero has been selected as the UWS Offensive Player of the Week. Cailynn Harding was stout as a central defender for the New England Mutiny gets the nod for UWS Defensive Player of the Week.

Bellero netted the first-ever goal in UWS history on Saturday, scoring the eventual game-winner in the 16th minute of the match vs. NJCFC. The Saint John’s University forward broke in on goal on a 1 v. 1 and beat the Copa goalkeeper with a low shot inside the corner of the net. Christina would put the match out of reach in the second half, as her goal in the 68th minute guaranteed the win for the Rough Riders.

Harding was a resolute force in the central defense for New England in their win over New York. The former Central Connecticut State University defender helped break up nearly every attack the Magic had in Mutiny territory and connected her clearances with precision.

   
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