July 25, 2012
NEW YORK FURY FALL IN SEMI-FINAL 2-1
ROCHESTER, NY---The Western New York Flash scored two late goals to earn a 2-1 win at Sahlen’s Stadium Wednesday, dashing the New York Fury’s hopes of advancing to the WPSL Elite Championship game.
The New York Fury controlled the match for the first 70 minutes, taking the lead in the 10th minute when Allie Long scored off a cross from Kim Yokers.
In the 78th minute substitute Katy Frierson scored the equalizer. Two minutes later Frierson fed Laura Heyboer for the go-ahead goal that sent Western New York into the finals against the winner of the Boston Breakers-Chicago Red Stars match
The Fury’s Gina DiMartino had a great chance to tie the game with two minutes to go, but could not finish.
“You make mistakes in big moments you pay the price,” said New York Fury head coach Paul Riley, “We had a great 70 minutes, we didn’t give much away, but it’s a 90 minute game and in the last 20 minutes they controlled the ball and got two goals.”
The loss marks the first time in three years that a Riley led team has not made it to the finals of its league, after he led the Philadelphia Independence to back to back Women’s Pro Soccer Championship games.
“We maybe played the best 70 minutes of the year. I was happy with the performance, but disappointed with the result. It’s a disappointing end to the season. “
The Fury ended the regular season with a with a 9-3-2 record, while the Flash finished second at 9-2-3.