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National Women's Soccer League


May 20, 2016
A look at the upcoming games

New Jersey Copa F.C (0-1-0, 0pts) @ TSF Academy Valkyries (0-0-0, 0 pts) @ DePaul Catholic High School, Wayne, NJ, 5:00 pm ET
The TSF Academy Valkyries kick off their Summer 2016 season at home this Saturday, as they host New Jersey Copa F.C. New Jersey already got their feet wet last weekend, as they traveled to Long Island for the UWS Inaugural Game against the Rough Riders. Unfortunately for them, Long Island were quite unaccommodating hosts and kept the NJCFC offense off the score sheet in a 3-0 win for the Rough Riders.

The Valkyries look to have a solid defense this year, as they have Seton Hall defender Catherine Chukuka, goalkeeper Tiffany Martinez of the No. 3 NJCAA nationally-ranked Monroe College Mustangs, former University of Buffalo defender & team veteran Jen Mihok and Syracuse University defender Alana O'Neill to rely upon. Combined with the return of team captain Jen Andresen in midfield, the Copa offense looks to have their hands full before they can notch their first UWS goal.

NJCFC will also have to deal with a potentially potent attack from the host side. North Carolina State forward Gladys Loyas and former Rutgers University forward Stefanie Scholz look to lead the attack in the TSF opener.

Long Island Rough Riders at New Jersey Copa F.C. @ Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Township, NJ 4:30 pm ET
New Jersey will have a short turnaround after their match at the TSF Academy Valkyries for their own home opener on Sunday, May 22nd at Mercer County Community College. Copa will face the Long Island Rough Riders (1-0) in the rubber match of their season series with hopefully a win or draw in their pocket from the day before. If not, another loss to the Rough Riders will quickly put the first-year team behind in the UWS East race, which looks to be a hard one this season with a lot of well-balanced teams.

Last weekend, Long Island’s Christina Bellero would score the first-ever goal in UWS history in the 16th minute of the match that would prove to be the eventual game-winner. Taylor Elliott would net the second goal of the night in the 25th minute while Bellero put the match away in the second half with her second tally of the night.

But the NJCFC offense has a chance to get on the board in their second weekend of UWS action, especially with the likes of forward Krystyna Freda around. Freda would net 10 goals in 14 games for Merilappi United of the fully-professional Naisten Liga in Finland, so the former Winthrop University knows how to locate the back of the net. Her ambitions to reach the next level will hopefully bode well for Copa this weekend.

New England Mutiny (1-0-0, 3 pts) Lancaster Inferno (0-0-0, 0pts) @ Pucillo Field, Millersville, Penn. 5:00 pm ET
The Lancaster Inferno open their UWS East campaign on Sunday, as they host the New England Mutiny. The Mutiny already kicked off their season last Saturday, as they were led by team captain Kate Howarth’s two goals and defeated old rival New York Magic at home by a 3-0 score. Yet, the Inferno and Mutiny have become rivals as well, especially after they were adversaries last year in the WPSL.

New England was victorious in both encounters, outscoring Lancaster by a 6-1 margin. But both games were closer than they were on the score sheet and the Inferno have upped the ante this year as they have added strong talent to their squad. Costa Rican international Carol Sanchez, Guatemalan international Coralia Monterroso and Argentinian forward Laila Espamer have joined the team while returnees like midfielder Teresa Rynier give the hosts of this match an added edge this season.

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