NEW YORK FURY WEEKLY RELEASE
THIS WEEK: The New York Fury hit the road for a 7:30 pm Sunday game against the Philadelphia Fever at Washington HS in Sewell, NJ.
LAST WEEK: Meghan Lenczyk scored two goals as the New York Fury completely dominated the New England Mutiny, 4-0 Tuesday at Hofstra Stadium.
Fury goalkeeper Michelle Betos made two saves to preserve her seventh clean sheet of the year.
Allie Long, who just made it back into the Fury lineup after struggling with injuries, staked New York to the lead just five minutes into the game. Long corralled a deflection off a defender to score her first goal of the season.
Merritt Mathias set up Lenczyk's first goal in the 26th minute to make it 2-0. Mathias sent a cross in from the right side that Lenczyk connected on 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 closed out the scoring in the 60th minute, winning a 50/50 ball and depositing it in the net. The former University of Virginia star has scored four goals in the last three games, plus one in a Women's Professional SUPERGROUP exhibition game against the DC United Women.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: The Philadelphia Fever are 1-8-2. The New York Fury captured the first meeting between the two teams, 3-0 on May 31. The Fever will have a quick turnaround to get ready for Sunday's game, as they play the Boston Breakers on the road Saturday night.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: New York needs only two more points - or a New England loss or tie - to clinch a spot in the WPSL Elite playoffs. The Fury have 22 points with three games remaining. New England has 14 points with three games. The maximum points New England could achieve would be 23.
WPSL PLAYOFFS: The Women’s Premier Soccer League announced the playoff schedule for the inaugural Elite League season. The series will consist of semifinal matches on Wednesday, July 25, and a championship final on Saturday, July 28. All games will be played at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., home of the Western New York Flash.
The league’s No. 2 and No. 3 ranked teams face off in a 5:00 p.m. semifinal match on Wednesday, with the No. 1 and No. 4 teams playing at 8:00 p.m. The winners of the two semifinal matches will meet in a 1:00 p.m. match on Saturday to crown the first champion of the WPSL Elite League.
PLAYER PROFILE: Sinead Farrelly caught the eye of New York Fury coach Paul Riley while he was coaching the Philadelphia Independence, selecting her as the #2 overall pick in the 2011 WPS Draft. She played 14 games for the Independence, including 13 starts, and was a strong candidate for league rookie of the year honors. Her first professional goal was a game-winner against eventual champions – and now WPSL Elite rivals - Western New York Flash. She finished with one goal and two assists.
The Havertown, Pa. product joined her hometown club after a stellar four-year career at Virginia, where after leading the Cavaliers with 12 goals and seven assist for 31 points, she was named the 2010 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and an NSCAA First Team All-American while earning her fourth straight All-ACC selection.
In her sophomore year, she led the Cavaliers in scoring with eight goals and eight assists (24 pts), and was a Second Team NSCAA All-America selection and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist.
In all, she scored 30 goals in her collegiate career, and earned NSCAA regional honors as a freshman and sophomore.
She is a member of the U-23 Women’s National Team and has also appeared for the United States at the U-15, U-16, U-17 and U-20 levels.
LONG ISLAND FURY: The Long Island Fury rolled to a pair of wins at the Aviator Sports Complex over the weekend, defeating Seacoast Mariners 7-0 on Saturday and the Seacoast Phantoms 4-0 on Sunday.
With the pair of wins, the LI Fury finish the season at 4-4-2.