June 19, 2016
BACKS AGAINST THE WALL
Mutiny squanders lead against Valkyries
WAYNE, N.J. -- The New England Mutiny squandered a first-half lead in falling, 3-1, to the TSF Academy Valkyries at DePaul Catholic High School Sunday.
The Mutiny (4-2-0, 12 points) took the lead on Rachel Ugolik’s shot from outside the penalty area in the 23rd minute.
“We are on a streak of not playing well,” Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara, Jr., said. “We have put ourselves in a position with our backs against the wall and now we face the top team (New Jersey Copa FC Saturday) in our conference. There aren’t any excuses left and its gut-check time for all of us.”
Abby Sotomayor set up Ugolik, who shot past Bjonda Ademi. A minute later, the Valkyries’ Nickolette Driesse shot wide.
In the 35th minute, Natalie Melillo chipped on-rushing Anne-Marie Ulliac to tie the score.
Driesse beat Ulliac high on free kick in the 48th minute. The Valkyries controlled play in the second half and scored again in the 88th minute as Melissa Kelly converted her first goal of the season.