New England re-sign MF Riley Houle; host Lancaster this Saturday
The New England Mutiny have had two weeks off from competition in the East Conference of United Women’s Soccer (UWS) and will take on their opponents from their last match played this Saturday, June 4th at East Longmeadow High School (7:00 PM kickoff). The Lancaster Inferno (0-1) come to town in the rubber match of their season series after hosting the Mutiny (2-0) on Sunday, May 22nd in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Both teams battled it out for all 90 minutes but it was the visitors who came away with the 3-2 victory.
“We were fortunate to escape Lancaster with three points,” said Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. “The Inferno will come in confident and looking for revenge, so facing them back to back is the perfect test for our players and staff to make the necessary adjustments.”
New England were led by team captain Kate Howarth and her two goals and assist in the win. For her fine all-around effort in attack vs. Lancaster, Howarth was named UWS East Offensive Player of the Week. Kate’s nine overall points scored this season puts her at the top of the UWS scoring charts, while she is tied in goals (4) with Krystyna Freda of New Jersey Copa F.C. (2-1-1), who now lead the East Conference race. In fact, the former Miami Hurricane star is making a run to be one of the top all-time scorers in Mutiny history this season and is gaining ground on the likes of team legends Mary-Frances Monroe and Meghan Schnur.
But the Mutiny have two games in hand and look to keep pace with Copa in the UWS East in Saturday’s match vs. the Inferno. NJCFC host TSF Academy (0-1) earlier on Saturday. Lancaster has plans of their own in the conference this season, as they have upgraded their roster with the likes of Costa Rican and Guatemalan internationals Carol Sanchez and Coralia Monterroso, respectively. They also possess two strong goalkeepers in team veteran Emily Dolan and Emily Armstrong of the University of Connecticut, considered one of the top keepers in NCAA DI soccer.
New England will also get help from the historically-successful UConn women’s soccer program this Saturday, as former Mutiny and Huskies midfielder Riley Houle will make her return to the team’s lineup. Like Howarth before her, Houle took her talents from her days with the Mutiny and made the next step up with the Boston Breakers of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Riley played for the Breakers Reserves against New England in last season’s East Final and was also called up to the senior team during the 2015 NWSL campaign.
The last time Houle wore Mutiny colors was during the 2012 WPSL Elite season, where she had her best season for the team, starting in 10 of the 11 matches she appeared in while scoring two goals and three assists. This will be Riley’s fifth season in a New England uniform, as she scored the game-winning goal in her first-ever start for the Mutiny against the now-defunct Maine Tide in the first game of the 2009 season.