May 17, 2016   SPRINGFIELD, MA

New England re-sign veteran MF Kacey Richards; add three locals to squad

Kacey Richards

The first weekend of action in the East Conference of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) was a successful one for the New England Mutiny (1-0), as they were victorious over the New York Magic by a 3-0 score in front of a capacity crowd at East Longmeadow High School. The good news kept rolling in on Monday as Mutiny defender Cailynn Harding (Cheshire, CT) was named the UWS East Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Harding was a force in the central defense for New England in their win over New York. The former Central Connecticut State University defender helped break up nearly every attack the Magic had in Mutiny territory and connected her clearances with precision. Her teamwork with her fellow defenders forced the Magic to long-range shots that didn’t dent the net of Mutiny goalkeeper Anne-Marie Ulliac.

“Congratulations to Cailynn for her honors as she played a solid center back for us,” said New England Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. “It was her first match in a Mutiny uniform, but she came from a great program under [CCSU] coach Mick D’Arcy and did an awesome job. We are excited on our start. It was amazing playing in front of a standing room only crowd on Saturday!”

In addition to the performance of their first-year player in Harding, New England also got positive work out of three local players who suited up in Mutiny colors for the first time vs. the Magic. Goalkeeper Ashley Cavanaugh (Belchertown, MA) came on late in the game for starter Anne-Marie Ulliac, Brianna Kenney (Longmeadow, MA) also came on as a substitute and worked hard as a wide defender while forward Abby Sotomayor (Colchester, CT) out of the Loomis-Chaffee School showed why Colgate University is getting a scoring machine this fall with her goal and an assist in the win.

Last fall for the CCSU Blue Devils, Cavanaugh went undefeated in the four games she started (3-0-1) and recorded two shutouts while allowing only two goals as a freshman goalkeeper. Kenney was selected to the NEWISA All-New England Second Team and the Northeast-10 All-Conference Third Team for AIC last season. Sotomayor was named a 2015 NSCAA H.S. All-American and was a four-time CSCAA All-State (2012-15) selection as well as a two-time NSCAA All-Region and WNEPSA All-League honoree for Loomis-Chaffee.

Even better news for New England as they head south this Sunday to Millersville, PA for a UWS East match vs. the Lancaster Inferno is the return of veteran midfielder Kacey Richards (Williamstown, NJ) to the squad. This will be Richards’ sixth season in a Mutiny uniform. Last year, she started in five of the six matches she appeared in for the Power 5 Division champions. Kacey was a BIG EAST All-Conference selection in three of her four years at the University of Connecticut, and was named to the First Team in Fall 2010 as a senior co-captain.

“The Mutiny has always been about being able to promote local players that can play at this level, so it was awesome to see Ashley, Brianna and Abby win roster spots,” said Ferrara. “Also, I’m ecstatic to have Kacey return. Her loyalty and dedication to the Mutiny makes her a lifer on this team in my eyes.”

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