The New York Fury captured their second straight road win, downing the Chesapeake Charge 2-0. The Fury are now 5-2-1, with sixteen points on the season and sit in third, just one point ahead of the Boston Breakers. The Charge remain in sixth place and outside of the four playoff spots.
The Fury gained the advantage on the score line with a goal in the 38th minute by Jasmyne Spencer. Lenczyk knocked down a free kick by Sinead Farrelly and Spencer finished for her second goal of the season. New York would add a second goal in the 55th minute. Team scoring leader Merrit Mathias sent in a cross, and Lenczyk finished with a diving header.
“A terrific win on the road against a good team,” said NY Fury head coach Paul Riley. “They have speed, technical ability, and are well-coached. “We had a really good weekend and we are starting to simmer. Hopefully we can keep pushing the envelope and truly push ourselves into contention for a playoff spot.”
The Fury held a shot advantage of 15 to 4, and Michelle Betos, once again, came up with a clean sheet. This was her fifth shutout of the season and her second in a row.
Fury head coach Paul Riley added his views on standouts on the field, and remains high on the abilities of Sinead Farrelly. “Sinead was again our top player, and, in this kind of form, she makes a huge difference to our midfield unit,” said Riley. “Meg Lenczyk is starting to find the net and that is a good omen for the run in.”
Just over halfway through the season, the Fury continue to fight and hang in with the other top teams like Chicago, Western New York, and Boston for one of those four playoff spots. There still is time for New England to sneak in to the top of the table and steal a playoff spot. The second half of this season will be very interesting. New York is looking more and more like a contender, and they still get another shot at Boston and Chicago. Those games could very well determine New York’s place in the standings.
Fury fans should be excited for a possible playoff run, but the team will have to find a way to get past the Red Stars and Breakers if they want a Championship.