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National Women's Soccer League


July 26, 2016
Mutiny finish in second

EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. - The New England mutiny staked their claim to second place in the UWS East as two first half goals from Kate Howarth propelled them to a 3-0 win against the TSF Academy Valkyries at East Longmeadow High School.

New England (6-4) didnít allow the visitors to get a foothold in this match, and got on the score board in the 8th minute when Sharlotte Pernice gave the ball to Howarth on the left flank. The veteran forward dribbled towards goal and while her first shot was blocked, she gathered the rebound and beat TSF goalkeeper Caitlin Hoffer (seven saves) for the 1-0 lead.

The Mutiny notched the second goal in the 17th minute as Deb Nelson won the ball in the midfield and deftly sent Howarth in on a 1v1 opportunity. The team captain dribbled around Hofferís dive and deposited the ball into the empty net for the 2-0 score. The second half would see the Valkyries hold more possession but they couldnít muster pressure on attack, as New England keeper Ashley Cavanaugh (who replaced starter Annie Ulliac at halftime) only made one save.

Abby Sotomayor finished the Mutiny scoring in stoppage time on her blast from the top of the penalty area. With her two first half goals, Howarth has now moved past Meghan Schnur into second-place on the Mutinyís all-time scoring chart. Her 76 career points (32 goals, 12 assists) now only trails the top mark of 93 points, set by Mary-Frances Monroe (36 goals, 21 assists).

BROOKLYN, NY - The New York Magic didnít register a victory all season in UWS, but after their regular season finale against the Lancaster Inferno, they did make a point. Actually, the Magic (0-8-2) got a point and ended their six-game losing streak as they withstood the Inferno (4-5-1) and counted on the heroics of goalkeeper Samantha Depken in a 0-0 draw at the Verrazano Sports Complex.

With her six stops in the draw, Depken claimed the honor of making the most amount of saves (67) in all of UWS this season, besting New England Mutiny keeper Annie Ulliac (45) by a wide margin of 22 saves. The Lancaster tandem of Emily Dolan and Emily Armstrong would each make one save in the scoreless draw. It was the first draw of the season for the Inferno, who missed out on a third-place finish in the East to the Long Island Rough Riders (4-3-3).

Players of the Week
Kate Howarth not only led the New England Mutiny to a second-place finish in the UWS East via her two goals in Saturdayís 3-0 win over the TSF Academy Valkyries, but she also claimed second in the 2016 UWS scoring race (nine goals, four assists) as well as a career-defining honor, too. Howarth (32 goals, 12 assists) now sits in second-place behind former U.S. Womenís National Team member Mary-Frances Monroe (36 goals, 21 assists) on the all-time Mutiny scoring charts.

This season has been a tough one for the New York Magic (0-8-2), but one player that has proven to be a star for them is goalkeeper Samantha Depken. For her efforts in a 0-0 draw vs. the Lancaster Inferno on Saturday, she picks up her second UWS weekly honor this year. With her six stops in the draw, Depken has made the most saves (67) in UWS this season and has been named UWS East Defensive Player of the Week for the second time.

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