COLORADO PRIDE 2, REAL SALT LAKE WOMEN 3
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Both teams came back from a one-goal deficits to tie the game but it was Real Salt Lake Women outlasting the Colorado Pride to get the 3-2 win at Washburn Field on Friday afternoon.
The Pride got on the scoreboard first, though, but it took until the 43rd minute. Bri Rohmerís corner kick found Lexi Long, and she would head home for her first goal of the season and 1-0 lead. Michele Vasconcelos tied the match for RSL in stoppage time, juking through the Pride defense with the assist going to Madie Lyons.
Jess Vanderveur came on for Jeni Viernes at halftime and made an impact off the bench in the 61st minute. Vasconcelos fed the ball to Vanderveur and she hit a beautiful shot past Pride keeper Kaylyn Smith (four saves) for the 2-1 lead. Like the Real Women did in the first half, the Pride responded immediately. Rohmer curled her long-range shot past Ritchie in the 64th minute for her third goal of the season on an assist from Michaela Abam.
Natalie Norris scored the game-winner for RSL in the 82nd minute. Amidst the confusion in the Pride penalty area, Kira Sharp got the ball to Norris, who poked the ball home past substitute keeper Katie Ruff.
SATURDAY NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 3, NEW YORK MAGIC 2
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - For the fourth time in five games, the New England Mutiny scored three goals but allowed the New York Magic (0-3-1) to come back twice before a late tally got the 3-2 road win on Saturday afternoon. New England veteran Deb Nelson got the game-winning goal in the 86th minute.
New England got on the scoreboard in the 20th minute, as Rachel Ugolik finished her shot inside the upper 90 of the goal for the 1-0 lead on an assist from captain Kate Howarth.
The Magic tied the match at 1-1 just six minutes later, as Sara Sanau-Ruiz sent in Maura Torres on goal and she chipped her shot over Mutiny keeper Ashley Cavanaugh (two saves). New England went ahead in the 55th minute, as Stephanie Santosí corner kick found Howarth, who volleyed her shot past Depken for the 2-1 score. It was her seventh goal of the season - good for second in the UWS.
In the 67th minute, New York leveled the score at 2-2 as Shani Abrahams scored her second goal of the season. The next minute, Nelsonís bid for a response to New Yorkís goal was cleared off the line. As time ticked away, Chantelle Swaby broke the flank and served in a ball to Nelson, who blasted her shot home for the game-winning goal.
NEW JERSEY COPA F.C. 2, LANCASTER INFERNO 1
WEST WINDSOR TOWNSHIP, NJ - New Jersey Copa F.C. jumped out to a two goal lead and held on to defeat the Lancaster Inferno 2-1 at Mercer County Community College on Saturday afternoon.
Copa scored first in the 8th minute, as Krystyna Freda withstood the Lancaster defense and slotted her shot past goalkeeper Emily Dolan for the 1-0 lead and her league-best ninth goal of the season. NJCFC doubled the score in the 29th minute, as Camille Bowen sent a ball out of the back that Jeanine Nunez latched upon and than slid her shot past Dolan.
The Lancaster got on the scoreboard in the 81st minute. Katie Hackos was taken down in the penalty area and Carol Sanchez converted from the spot.
HOUSTON ACES 4, SANTA CLARITA BLUE HEAT 3
SANTA CLARITA, CA - There is no better feeling than coming back to win, especially on the road. But to also do it in a payback match is even better. The Houston Aces sought revenge against the Santa Clarita Blue Heat at T, as they lost to them in devastating fashion to start the season. The Houston Aces (3-3) came back from a first-half deficit to defeat the Santa Clarita Blue Heat (1-1-2), 4-3 a the Masterís College on Saturday night . The victory puts Houston in second-place in the UWS West while Santa Clarita drops to fourth.
The home side went up 1-0 in the 26th minute on a penalty kick by Mele French, her first goal of the season. The Aces responded two minutes later, with Gisela Arrieta Bettencourt netting her first goal of the season on an assist from Natalia Ariza.
The Blue Heat opened the second half by scoring the next two goals on Houston goalkeeper Courtney Seelhorst (five saves).
Kasandra Massey factored in both goals, scoring in the 54th minute off an assist from Yadira Toraya and assisting on Kodi Lavrsukyís goal in the 62nd minute to put Santa Clarita up by a commanding 3-1 score. Or so they thought, as they surrendered an own goal just a minute later and then Tatiana Ariza took over the match for the Aces.
The Colombian international tied the match at 3-3 in the 69th minute and won it for Houston two minutes later on an assist from fellow ďCafeteraĒ Isabella Echeverri Restrepo. The fourth goal chased Siri Ervik (one save) from the Blue Heat goal and she was replaced by JoJo McCaskill.
SUNDAY TSF ACADEMY VALKYRIES 3, NEW ENGLAND MUTINY 1
WAYNE, NJ - TSF Academy Valkyries scored three unanswered goals to defeat the New England Mutiny 3-1 at DePaul Catholic High School on Sunday afternoon.
New England got on the board in the 23rd minute, as Abby Sotomayor tapped her pass to Rachel Ugolik 30 yards out from goal. The Mutiny veteran fired her shot past TSF goalkeeper Bjonda Ademi (five saves) for the 1-0 lead. Natalie Melillo tied the match at 1-1 for the Valkyries in the 35th minute. Melillo chipped her shot over New England keeper Anne-Marie Ulliac as she ran out to stop the scoring opportunity.
It didn't take long in the second half for TSF to score the game-winner, as Nickolette Driesse beat Ulliac (five saves) high on her free kick in the 48th minute. The Valkyries ran away with the result after that goal and held the run of play the remainder of the game. In the 88th minute, Melissa Kelly put the exclamation point on her teamís first win with her first goal of the 2016 season.
LONG ISLAND ROUGH RIDERS 2, LANCASTER INFERNO 1
MILLERSVILLE, PA - The Lancaster Inferno (2-4) gave up a penalty kick early in the second half and couldnít score the equalizer in a comeback effort as they lost to the Long Island Rough Riders (2-2-1) 2-1 at Pucillo Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Rough Riders opened the scoring in the 15th minute, as Laura Gomez fired her shot over the dive of Inferno goalkeeper Emily Dolan (six saves) for the 1-0 lead. Teresa Rynier evened the score just before halftime, as her free kick from just outside the penalty area found the bottom left corner of the net.
Long Island was awarded a penalty kick in the 48th minute, and Erin Neville converted from the spot for the game-winning goal.
REAL SALT LAKE WOMEN 2, COLORADO STORM 1
PARKER, CO - The Real Salt Lake Women completed a strong two-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Colorado Storm at Sports Authority Field on Sunday afternoon. The victory puts RSL (3-1-1) at the top of the UWS West standings, while the Storm (1-3-1) saw their bid for a second consecutive home win fall short. This was also the second time over the weekend that the Real Women came back from a deficit to get a win.
Field temperature read over 110 degrees and it was RSL who were initially on fire to start the first half. After a mandatory water break at the midpoint of the half, the Storm got on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute. Sadie Stark tallied her second goal of the season past Real goalkeeper Rebecca Ritchie (three saves) with thanks to an assist from Elizabeth Sweeney.
Jess Vanderveurcame off the bench, and came through in the 64th minute with the game-tying goal - her third of the season and second in the last two games. RSL took advantage of the second mandatory water break and in the 76th minute, substitute forward Kim Gale scored the game-winner past Storm keeper Jalen Tompkins (six saves).
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Long Island Rough Riders goalkeeper Melissa Guglielmo is the UWS East Defensive player of the week, while TSF Academy Valkkyries midfielder Nickolette Driesse takes offensive honors.
Guglielmo made five saves in an important win over Lancaster on Sunday afternoon that has kept Long Island mathematically in the race for the East title.
In Sunday's 3-1 win over the New England Mutiny, Driesse leveled the score at 1-1- in the 24th minute and then her free kick early in the second half was the game-winner.
RSL's Jessica Vanderveur came off the bench in each match and made her presence known by scoring two goals. After going ahead on the scoreboard, their defense held firm and defender Stephanie Ringwood was on the pitch for all 180 minutes of action. For Houston, Tatiana Ariza continued her game-winning ways from the weekend before against the Colorado Storm, as she tied the match against Santa Clarita and than won it for her team in the second half.
For their efforts in RSLís two wins, Ringwood has been named the UWS West Defensive Player of the Week while Vanderveur will share Offensive Player of the Week honors with the Acesí Ariza. . Vanderveurís impact off the bench for the Real Women can not be over-stated as she put RSL ahead by a 2-1 score in their eventual 3-2 win over the Pride and tied the match at 1-1 with her goal against the Storm.
Its the second straight week that Ariza has garnered West Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors, as the Colombian international scored in the 29th minute of Houstonís 1-0 win over the Pride on June 12th when she drilled her shot into the side netting from 25 yards out for the game-winner. Tatiana was front and center in the Aces comeback effort against the Blue Heat, as she tied the match at 3-3 in the 69th minute and won it for Houston two minutes later on an assist from fellow ďCafeteraĒ Isabella Echeverri Restrepo.