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June 27, 2016
Inferno break losing streak

SANTA CLARITA, CA - The Santa Clarita Blue Heat are back to winning ways after a 2-1 victory over the Real Salt Lake Women on Saturday night at The Master’s College. The Blue Heat came back from a deficit and got the game-winning goal from Kasandra Massey in the 56th minute. The win pushes Santa Clarita (2-1-2) a step closer to the top of the competitive United Women’s Soccer West Conference. They are now in third place while RSL (3-2-1) holds on to the top spot.

In the 12th minute, RSL defender Katie Rigby connected on a ball on the far side of the box on a misdirected header from Madie Lyons off a corner kick. Rigby’s lob went over Blue Heat goalkeeper Jojo McCaskill (four saves) and into back of the net. Santa Clarita was able to level the game eight minutes later.

After a nice flick took her behind RSL’s defense, Mele French raced inside the penalty area and served a low driven ball across the box. It fell to Melissa Fernandez who slotted home the equalizer past RSL keeper Erica Owens (five saves). With a 1-1 draw at halftime, the Blue Heat substituted midfielder Arielle Roy-Petitclerc and forward Julia Hernandez into the game.

The Blue Heat got the game-winner from their leading scorer Massey (four goals). Owens failed to punch out Yadira Toraya’s driven cross from the flank and the ball found Massey at the far post, whose header trickled inside the goal.

MILLERSVILLE, PA--- The Lancaster Inferno (3-4) scored three first half goals en route to a 4-1 win over the New York Magic (0-4-1) at Millersville University’s Pucillo Field, breaking their three-game losing streak.

The Inferno were led by veteran midfielder Teresa Rynier in the win, as she notched a goal and an assist. Rynier and her teammates came out of the gates flying and she helped start the scoring in the 10th minute, assisting on Katie Hackos’ goal for the 1-0 lead. Lancaster kept their foot on the gas, going up 2-0 in the 18th minute as Rynier helped set up Amy Rieker’s first goal of the season.

New York responded in the 29th minute as Shani Abrahams tallied her third goal of 2016 on an assist from Maura Torres. Hackos returned the favor to Rynier in the 38th minute, making a great pass to the veteran to give the Inferno the commanding 3-1 lead going into halftime.

The pressure on the New York defense paid off in the 79th minute, as Sydney Blomquist’s corner kick found Bailey Corbin and her header flew past Magic goalkeeper Samantha Depken (four saves).

WEST WINDSOR, NJ - Jeanine Nunez scored her second straight game winning goal as New Jersey Copa F.C. took charge of the race for the East Conference title on Saturday afternoon at Mercer County Community College. With their 2-1 win over the New England Mutiny, Copa (6-1-1) are now one win away from wearing the East crown and receiving the automatic berth into the UWS National Final.

New England (4-3) opened the scoring in the 13th minute, as Kate Howarth put Rachel Ugolik in 1v1 on goal via a long ball from the left flank. Ugolik slotted her shot inside the right post past Copa goalkeeper Kristyn Shea (one save) - her teammate at Providence College - for the 1-0 lead. It was the third goal in as many matches for Ugolik. In the 35th minute, Copa equalized as substitute Alexis Williams crossed a ball from the right flank that was misdirected into the Mutiny net by a New England defender.

In the 66th minute, Jenny Bitzer sent her teammate in with a pass from near midfield and Nunez ran onto the ball on the left flank and with Mutiny goalkeeper Anne-Marie coming out, slid the ball into the near side for the game-winner.

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