July 24, 2012
NEW YORK FURY WEEKLY RELEASE
THIS WEEK: The New York Fury head into the WPSL Elite Final Four at Sahlenís Stadium in Rochester, New York. The Fury face the host Western New York Flash on Wednesday, July 25 in the first match at 5:00 p.m. ET. The Boston Breakers will face the Chicago Red Stars in the nightcap at 8 p.m. ET.
The final is on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. 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.
LAST WEEK: The New York Fury defeated FC Indiana 2-0 on Thursday night, then tied the Chicago Red Stars 1-1 on Sunday, to finish the regular season with a 9-3-2 record.
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 Longís cross sailed over Santillis and deflected off an Indiana defender and into the net for an own goal.
On Sunday, Meghan Lenczyk scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the sixth minute. Gina DiMartino played a cross over the goal area, and Lenczyk chipped a right footed shot over Red Stars goalkeeper Jamie Forbes.
The lead didn't last long, however. Chicago scored on a counterattack in the 11th minute, with Ashleigh Ellenwood putting a shot into the lower left corner of the net.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: The Western New York Flash dropped its last regular season game to the Boston Breakers 1-0 on July 22 at Sahlenís Stadium. The Flash finished second in the league with a 9-2-3 record. The Flash, one of three teams in the WPSL Elite that played in Women's Professional Soccer, have an opportunity for an interesting three-peat. Playing in the W-League in 2010, the team was crowned champions. Last season, they beat the Paul Riley-coached Philadelphia Independence for the WPS title in penalty kicks. After a 1-1 tie that went 120 minutes, the Flash won on pks in a game played at their home field. If they sweep through this year's playoffs on their home turf, it would be three titles in three leagues.