June 11, 2016
Mutiny battles back against Rough Riders
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- The New England Mutiny took a 3-2 win over the Long Island Rough Riders in the teams’ first meeting in 15 years at East Longmeadow High School Saturday night.
The Mutiny (3-1-0, 9 points) were led by captain Kate Howarth, who scored twice, upping her season total to six goals. New England rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit, Howarth providing the deciding score in the 53rd minute.
“The first half was definitely a different world than the second half,” Mutiny coach Joe Abele said. “In the first half, the chemistry wasn’t there and you could definitely see it. We made a few changes, started connecting passes and started building up play. We carried it into the second half and we were happy to finally get it together at the right time.”
Howarth took advantage of a defensive error, dribbling around Melissa Guglielmo and slotting into the far corner in the fifth minute.
Alexa Schneider finished a Krista Fitzpatrick free kick in the 12th minute and St. John’s University forward Christina Bellero broke the deadlock in the 26th minute, scoring past Anne-Marie Ulliac inside the far post after maneuvering through the defense on a run from the right flank.
“To give one up on a set piece, that’s something we’re going to have to work on this week,“ Abele said.
Anais Chareyron helped set up the Mutiny’s second goal, tapping a pass into the penalty area, Stephanie Santos outdueling a defender to score into an empty net in the 49th minute.
Four minutes later, Abby Sotomayor sent Charlie Branch in on goal, Branch’s attempt stopped stymied by Guglielmo, Howarth finishing.
In the 59th minute, Howarth hit the side netting. Long Island had a chance in the second half, Ulliac tipping Morgan Santoro’s close-range shot over the bar.
“Kate’s been a stalwart for this organization for a few years now,“ Abele said. “The team came together and worked their butts off. They pulled goals back and did a great job at just playing good, hard, physical soccer. It was a great sight to see.”