May 14, 2016
NO MAGIC ACT
Mutiny blank New York in UWS opener
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass.---Kate Howarth scored two goals and new signing Abby Sotomayor added a goal and an assist to lead the New England mutiny to a 3-0 win over the New York Magic at East Longmeadow High School Saturday night.
Howarth netted the game-winning goal in the 8th minute, as she dribbled in 1 v. 1 on goal thanks to a through-ball by Stephanie Santos and slotted her shot past Magic goalkeeper Samantha Depken (nine saves).
“The combination play we did up top today was really good,” said Howarth. “We combined well. We did a couple of give and go’s and found some openings and put some good shots on frame.”
After Howarth’s game-winning goal, New England kept up the pressure on the New York defense. In the 14th minute, Sotomayor drove a rocket on the Magic goal only for Depken to tip her shot off the crossbar. Fourteen minutes later, the 2015 NSCAA H.S. All-American would get her goal, as she received a pass from midfielder Charlie Branch and shed her defender at the top of the penalty area.
Depken ran out of goal to decrease the angle of her shot but Sotomayor lifted the ball over the keeper for the second Mutiny goal of the night. The Colgate University freshman then assisted on Howarth’s second goal of the match in the 31st minute. The team captain got her shot past Depken with a cheeky side-footed flick of her boot for the 3-0 advantage.
Midfielder Romina Bell almost put New England up 4-0 in the 41st minute, but her powerful free kick from distance sailed just over the cross bar. In the second half, New York came out with more purpose and they almost scored a goal of their own in the 65th minute as Gabriela Morales unleashed a drive that caromed off the upper 90 of the goal for their best scoring chance of the night.
Mutiny goalkeeper Anne-Marie Ulliac finished with five saves.