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July 19, 2012

NEW YORK FURY POST ANOTHER SHUTOUT



Kim Yokers scored 12 minutes in as the New York Fury posted their seventh shutout of the season.
Photo by James Smith/Chicago Red Stars

HEMPSTEAD, NY---The New York Fury posted their seventh shutout of the season with a 2-0 win over FC Indiana at Hofstra Stadium Thursday night. And coach Paul Riley is looking for a few more.

"Three more clean sheets will probably win us a championship, so that's our goal," said Riley.

The Fury already has clinched a spot in the WPSL Elite playoffs, with the final four starting next Wednesday night in Rochester.

In Thursday's win, the Fury scored early and late, getting on the board in the 17th minute, when Merritt Mathias' corner kick over the penalty area landed at the feet of Kim Yokers, and Yokers fired the ball into the lower right corner of the net.

Though the Fury peppered FC Indiana all game, forcing goalkeeper Geralda Santillis to make five saves, they didn't break the ice for a second goal until the final seconds.

Allie Long’s cross sailed over Santillis and deflected off an Indiana defender and into the net for an own goal.

"A solid professional performance without too many fireworks," said Riley. "We played great possession but we didn't penetrate enough. We will have to find an attacking edge if we are to make a run in the playoffs."

Michelle Betos was in goal for the Fury, making only one save to post her seventh shutout of the season.

"Another clean sheet gives Michelle and the back line some more confidence, and it is imperative we are in top form for the playoffs," Riley continued.

With the win, the Fury improve to 9-3-1, 28 points. FC Indiana falls to 1-10-2.

The New York Fury have one home game remaining, Sunday at 7:00 pm against the Chicago Red Stars at Hofstra.

 
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