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UNITED WOMEN'S SOCCER

June 15, 2016
UWS REVIEW
NE Mutiny, NJ Copa roll to big wins



FRIDAY
COLORADO STORM 2, HOUSTON ACES 1
THORNTON, Colo. - After two losses to start the season, the Colorado Storm notched their first victory with a 2-1 home win over the Houston Aces on Friday night. The Storm and Aces had to wait out a brief delay to the start of the match due to lightning. The home side struck for the first two goals of the match, weathering a late Houston rally.

Midfielder Isobel Dalton started off the scoring for the Storm in the 21st minute on an assist from Olivia Blaber. She delivered a perfect cross for Dalton to score from inside the six yard box. Dalton assisted on the game-winning goal in the 81st minute by Blaber. The Storm forward dribbled around Houston keeper Courtney Seelhorst to shoot the ball into an open net.

Two minutes later, the Aces were awarded a penalty kick after a lapse of concentration by the home side. Colombian international and University of Toledo midfielder Isabella Echeverri Restrepo scored on the spot kick . Cristina Salazar got the win in goal for the Storm, as she was substituted at the half by Jalen Tompkins.

Saturday
REAL SALT LAKE WOMEN 1, SANTA CLARITA BLUE HEAT 1
KAYSVILLE, Utah - The Real Salt Lake women and Santa Clarita Blue Heat played to a 1-1 draw at Davis High School Stadium on Saturday night.

The visitors grabbed the lead in the 81st minute as a sequence of passes opened up a gap in the RSL defense, and Blue Heat forward Kassi Massey was able to finish past RSL goalkeeper Becca Ritchie (seven saves) for a 1-0 lead.
Late substitution Jess Vanderveur was brought down just inside the penalty area after getting on the end of a great pass three minutes into stoppage time, and midfielder Bizzy Phillips put away the late goal low and to the left of Blue Heat keeper JoJo McCaskill (one save) for the final 1-1 score.

NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 3, LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 2
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. - Kate Howarth scored two goals as the New England Mutiny rolled over the Long Island Rough Riders 4-2 at East Longmeadow High School Saturday night.

Old adversaries met on the pitch for the first time in 15 years at, as the New England Mutiny hosted the Long Island Rough Riders in a UWS East match on Saturday night. It turned out to be a tale of two halves, with the Rough Riders (1-2-1) controlling the opening 45 minutes while the Mutiny (3-1) took the second half, winning by a 3-2 score.

Howarth took advantage of a defensive miscue by Long Island in the 5th minute. The former Boston Breaker dribbled around Rough Riders goalkeeper Melissa Guglielmo and slotted the ball into the far corner for the early 1-0 lead.

Alexa Schneider beat the Mutiny defense to the ball on a free kick from the right flank by Krista Fitzpatrick in the 12th minute. Fourteen minutes later, the Rough Riders went up 2-1 on a great individual effort from Christina Bellero. She picked up the ball 25 yards from goal on the right flank, dribbled through a number of defenders and deposited her shot past Mutiny keeper Anne-Marie Ulliac inside the far post.

In the 49th minute Stephanie Santos battled a Long Island defender for a loose ball and buried her shot in the empty net for the 2-2 score.

Four minutes later, Abby Sotomayor fed Charlie Branch in on goal. Branchís bid for a goal was stopped by Guglielmo but Howarth pounced on the loose ball and hammered her shot home for the game-winner.

NEW JERSEY COPA F.C. 5, LANCASTER INFERNO 0,
MILLERSVILLE, Penn - New Jersey Copa F.C. (4-1-1) scored early and often to rout the Lancaster Inferno 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Pucillo Field.

NJCFC opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, as Krystyna Freda assisted on the game-winning goal by Jeanine Nunez. Freda scored the next three goals for the road team in the 28th, 39th and 58th minutes. Her three goals and assist put her at the top of the scoring ledger for UWS (eight goals, one assist). Phoenitia Browne finished the scoring for Copa in the 78th minute.

Goalkeeper Kristyn Shea (three saves) got the win in net for NJCFC while Emily Dolan (five saves) took the loss for the Inferno.

NEW YORK MAGIC 1, TSF ACADEMY VALKYRIES 1
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - With both the New York Magic and TSF Academy Valkyries looking for their first win of the season, the teams played to a 1-1 draw at Iona Collegeís Mazzella Field Saturday afternoon.

Amber Crispin opened the scoring for TSF in the 28th minute off an assist by Brittany Cooper. New York came back in the 41st minute, as Shani Abrahams notched the first Magic goal of the season thanks to an assist from Sara Sanau-Ruiz.
Valkyries keeper Rachel Egyed made six saves in the draw, while Magic 'keeper Samantha Depken made six saves.

Sunday
HOUSTON ACES 1, COLORADO PRIDE 0
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--The Houston Aces completed their two-game road trip with a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Pride at rain-soaked Washburn Field on Sunday. With severe thunderstorms racing through the region, the teams had to return to the locker rooms on two occasions, totaling a total of over three hours of delays.

The visitors needed only one good scoring chance and they took advantage of it in the 29th minute. Colombian National Team player and Austin Peay grad Tatiana Ariza drilled a ball into the side netting from 25 yards out. The Aces had to endure repeated build-ups by the Pride, who outshot Houston by a 14-11 margin, but the combination of team defense and netminder Courtney Seelhorst (seven saves) were enough to earn the clean sheet. Katie Ruff made two saves in goal for the Pride.

The Houston win makes the UWS West an extremely tight race as the sides approach the midway point of the season. With Houston and Pride locked atop the table, Santa Clarita sits one point behind, Real Salt Lake are just two points back, and the Storm are three out.

Players of the Week
RSL, keeper Rebecca Ritchie has been named the West Conference Defensive Player of the Week and for her overall play which included scoring the game-winner against the Pride, Houstonís Tatiana Ariza is the West Co-Offensive Player of the Week alongside the Stormís Olivia Blaber, who scored a goal and assist in the Stormís first win of the season.

Ritchie, the former Big Sky Conference Defensive MVP, ended the game with seven saves. The Blue Heat out-shot the Real Women by a 15-5 margin in the match, and her heroics kept the game within reach so her teammates could salvage the positive result.

The offensive skills of Ariza that got her team the win over the Pride. The Aces appeared to take the long weather delay due to lightning in stride, and thatís what the Colombian international did in the 29th minute when she drilled her shot into the side netting from 25 yards out for the game-winning goal. In Friday's game Blaber made an immediate impact for Head Coach Brian Haynesí team. She assisted on the first goal and scored the game-winner in the 81st minute.

NJ Copa FC's Krystyna Freda, who scored a hat-trick against what was considered a very tough Lancaster Inferno defense to earn East Conference Player of the Week honors. Her teammate Nicole Bates shares Defensive Player of the Week honors with New York Magic goalkeeper Samantha Depken, who now leads UWS in saves with 25 on the season.

Freda assisted on the game-winning goal by Jeanine Nunez in the 2nd minute and went on to score the next three goals for NJCFC in the 28th, 39th and 58th minutes of the match. Her three goals and assist in the 5-0 win over Lancaster now puts her at the top of the scoring ledger for UWS (eight goals, one assist). Copa leads the UWS in scoring with 17 goals.

Bates has helped shut out multiple opponents this year as a center back for NJCFC, while also being at the top of minutes played. The Fordham University standoutís size, athleticism and foot work have been a big part of three straight shutouts. Depken has been the star performer for the Magic this season. In the match vs. the Valkyries, the score would stay at 1-1 going into halftime with thanks to their veteran goalkeeper and her two back-to back saves to keep New York in the game. She made six saves overall in the draw.
   
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