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National Women's Soccer League


June 6, 2016
Inferno posts back to back 1-0 wins

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - The Santa Clarita Blue Heat played the Colorado Storm to a 1-1 draw at The Master’s College Thursday night.

It only took three minutes into the second half for the Storm to start their road upset bid. Former Nebraska-Omaha midfielder Layla Ashouri’s corner kick would find defender Alexandra Huynh in the box for the go-ahead goal.

In the 84th minute, Santa Clarita midfielder Viviana Villacorta made a run through the middle of the pitch and laid the ball off left of goal. Melissa Fernandez got to the cross and assisted on Arielle Roy–Petitclerc’s game-tying goal.

Colorado keeper Cristina Salazar making five saves. Blue Heat keeper Jojo McCaskill made three saves.

WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ - New Jersey Copa F.C. (3-1-1) kept up their strong run of play against former W-League teams, as they notched their second consecutive shutout victory in a 3-0 stifling of the TSF Academy Valkyries (0-2) on Saturday afternoon. NJCFC had three different players find the back of the net and unleashed the first 10 shots of the game in the opening 18 minutes.

Forward Krystyna Freda buried the game-winner in the sixth minute off an assist from midfielder Jackie Bruno. Freda’s fifth goal (10 points) of the season is good enough to lead all of United Women’s Soccer in scoring. Defender Rebecca Raber scored from distance in the 51st minute while Bruno capped the scoring in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

Providence College’s Kristyn Shea made three saves in goal to preserve the team’s second straight shutout and third of the season. NJCFC extended its consecutive shutout minutes streak to 232 and Shea - the team captain - was tabbed the Ocean Place Resort & Spa/New Jersey Copa F.C. Woman of the Match.

Copa struck early as Bruno slipped a breakaway pass to Freda, who buried her shot from the left side into the bottom right corner. The insurance goal came in the 51st minute when Raber unleashed a blast from the deep right wing into the near upper corner for the 2-0 lead. Bruno got one of her own in the first minute of stoppage time when she delivered a cannon from 30 yards out off the underside of the crossbar and in, out of reach of the TSF keeper Tiffany Martinez (nine saves).

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. – Costa Rican international Carol Sanchez scored a late first half goal to give the Lancaster Inferno a 1-0 win over the New England Mutiny on Saturday.

As the first half was just about to conclude, the Inferno’s Teresa Rynier assisted on Sanchez’s game-winning volley to give the visitors the victory. The loss was the first for the hosts since the end of last season.

In the 68th minute, New England almost tied the match but the interchange between captain Kate Howarth - who came into the game as a substitute in the 30th minute - and Riley Houle went for naught. Inferno goalkeeper Emily Dolan made five saves to post the shutout.

HOUSTON – The Real Salt Lake women ran out to a three-goal lead in the first half and weathered a late comeback attempt from the Houston Aces to notch a 4-1 victory at Houston Sports Park Saturday night.

Mother Nature has been most unkind to the Houston area in recent times, and the Real Salt Lake Women followed her inauspicious example this past Saturday night. The Houston Aces (1-2) hosted Real Women (1-1) in the rubber match of their season series at Houston Sports Park, hoping to follow up on their 1-0 road win the week before in Utah.

The RSLThe Real Women offense was led by their forward tandem from Brigham Young University - Elena Medeiros and Michele Vasconcelos - who each notched two goals and an assist.

RSL scored three goals in a span of seven minutes in the first half. Vasconcelos taliedy the first goal in the 17th minute off an assist from Medeiros. Team co-captain Annie Hawkins assisted Medeiros’ first goal of the game and eventual game-winner in the 21st minute. And to finish the three-goal run, Medeiros again assisted Vasconcelos for the 3-0 lead.

Lindsay South Hamner converted a pena,ty kick for Houston in thr 75th minute. RSL then went a woman down, as they lost a player to injury after their full allotment of substitutions. After several minutes of defending, Medeiros scored on a counterattack in the 90th minute, with thanks to an assist from Vasconcelos.

HUNTINGTON STATION, NY – A second half goal by Teresa Rynier was all the Lancaster Inferno needed to hand the Long Island Rough Riders their first defeat of the season, 1-0 at Cy Donnelly Stadium Sunday.

In the 47thth minute, The Rough Riders cleared a cross from the left flank into the box but the clearance landed at the feet of Rynier. The Lancaster midfielder put her foot through the ball and just past the outstretched arms of Rough Rider goalkeeper Emmalee Mayer.

With less than ten minutes left to play, the skies opened up which caused the game to be delayed in the 84th minute. When the game resumed play, Long Island were unable to create a chance to secure a point at home.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Colorado Pride took early season control of the UWS West Conference with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in stoppage time against northern rival Colorado Storm in the team’s home opener on Sunday afternoon.

Pride returnee Michaela Abam netted the game winner in the 92nd minute , converting off a rebound of a shot from defender Beth Plentl. The win puts the Pride at 2-0 while the Storm drop to 0-2-1.

The Storm generated one shot in the first half but it was all the team needed. In the 6th minute, Storm midfielder Layla Ashouri drove the ball low to the near post off a corner kick. As it caromed through traffic, Storm forward Sadie Stark got a touch on the ball to put it past Pride goalkeeper Kaylyn Smith.

The Pride gathered themselves during the break and it didn’t take long for them to respond in the second half. In the 46th minute, Texas Tech grad Bri Rohmer stationed herself perfectly in front of net and headed in a cross from Washington State senior Kaitlyn Johnson. For Rohmer, it was her 2nd goal of the young season as she scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over the Storm two weeks ago.

The Storm were within seconds of securing their second road point in two games when Plentl and Abam sent the crowd home happy. Plentl’s shot clanged off the crossbar and the Big XII First team selection raced for the ball. Adam shielded the ball from a defender, settled it and struck it past Storm goalkeeper Jalen Tompkins.

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