Jun 04, 2016   EAST LONGMEADOW, MA

Lancaster gain a full measure of revenge in rematch

Rachel Ugolik

The New England Mutiny and Lancaster Inferno faced off at East Longmeadow High School in the rematch of their thrilling encounter on May 22nd, when the Mutiny (2-1) defeated the Inferno (1-1) by a 3-2 score in eastern Pennsylvania. Lancaster would get their revenge, winning by a 1-0 score on a goal late in the first half from Costa Rican international Carol Sanchez.

In another tight match that saw both evenly-balanced sides battle it out for the full 90 minutes, a well-orchestrated free kick decided the match. As the first half was just about to conclude, the Inferno’s Teresa Rynier assisted on Sanchez’s game-winning volley to give the visitors the victory. The loss was the first for the hosts since the end of last season.

“The women played hard,” said Mutiny Head Coach Joe Abele. “We possessed the ball most of the night but we had one lapse in judgement and Lancaster took advantage of it. It was a hard-fought loss but its behind us now and we need to move on to our next game against Long Island.”

The match began with a familiar story line that continued from the first encounter between the two sides, as Lancaster forward Katie Hackos would again pester the New England defense. In the 20th minute, the Mutiny would respond with a nice passing sequence of their own, but Deb Nelson’s shot would go just wide of goal.

Rynier would just miss on her own scoring opportunity in the 34th minute, before she set up the Sanchez goal as the first half wound down. The second half would see the Inferno try to get the insurance goal, and would almost get it in the 60th minute, but Mutiny goalkeeper Anne-Marie Ulliac (six saves) tipped Amy Rieker’s header over the cross bar.

In the 68th minute, New England almost tied the match but the interchange between captain Kate Howarth - who came into the game as a substitute in the 30th minute - and Riley Houle would go for naught. In the 79th minute, Rynier was again master of proceedings for Lancaster, but Laila Espamer could not capitalize on her nicely-taken free kick.

The match would end 1-0 in favor of the Inferno, with their goalkeeper Emily Dolan (five saves) pitching the shutout in net for the visitors. Both teams have the Long Island Rough Riders (1-0-1) to face in their very-near futures, as Lancaster concludes their two-game road trip later this afternoon at Long Island while New England host the Rough Riders on Saturday, June 11th at East Longmeadow H.S.

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