The New York Fury dominated FC Indiana in their second road game of the weekend. They out shot the Lionesses by 18-1. However, the final score looked nothing like the dominance on the field, as the Fury won by the score of 1-0.
“We dominated possession, but still could not put the game away,” said Fury head coach Paul Riley. “It was a good three points on the road, and important to get another shutout.”
The lone goal of the game was scored by Merritt Mathias in the 21st minute. Mathias finished a breakaway from Tina DiMartino.
The frustration for the Fury, besides getting off 18 shots and having only one go in, was that three of those shots hit the crossbar and simply couldn’t be put in before the defense of FC Indiana cleared it out. The Fury need to find a way to not just finish off their opponents in a lopsided game where they dominate, but finish their chances, no matter the game.
The bright spot is the continued great work by the backline to keep the ball away from the goal, and Fury keeper Michelle Betos’ ability to get her fourth shutout of the season.
The win gives the Fury a split on a two-game Midwest road swing, which saw them lose to the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 on Friday night. They are now 4-2-1 and holding third place by six points, behind Chicago and Boston.
The Fury has two more road games, next Sunday against ASA Chesapeake Charge and the following Saturday June 23rd against the Boston Breakers, before they return home.