The New York Fury defeated the New England Mutiny 4-0, leaving them on the cusp of a playoff berth. The Fury need to pick up two points, or the Mutiny need to lose or tie their next game to give the Fury a lock on the last playoff spot in the WPSL Elite League.
Allie Long started the scoring just five minutes into the game. Long has returned to play for the Fury after problems with injuries. Long corralled a deflection off a defender to score her first goal of the season.
Merritt Mathias assisted Meghan Lenczyk with the first of her two goals in the game. Mathias sent in a cross in the 26th minute which Lenczyk connected with a header.
Jasmyne Spencer scored her third goal of the season in the 40th minute, running in to collect an errant backpass by a Mutiny defender. Spencer had her first opportunity to score, in the eighth minute, thwarted by a fingertip save by Mutiny goalkeeper Vikki Alonzo, who finished the game with eight saves, as the Fury held a 17-4 shots advantage.
Lenczyk would end the scoring in the 60th minute. The two goals in the game takes Lencyk to her fourth goal in the last three games.
Goalie Michelle Betos made two saves to give her a seventh shutout for the 2012 season.
Head Coach Paul Riley felt the game was the Fury’s best overall game of the season. “We have had some glimpses of what the team is capable of over the past few games, but tonight we had a real buzz and flair about us,” said Riley. “I’m proud of the ladies tonight. We have put a lot into the attacking part of our game over the last two weeks and tonight we were dynamic in the final third.”
Riley felt the last few weeks were not what he had hoped the team would be able to show on the field, but he is now cautiously optimistic that they have turned the corner. “We were lost in the wilderness for a couple of weeks,” said Riley, “I think we found a little rhythm.”
The Fury head back out on the road for their next game against Philadelphia on July 15th.