Mutiny surrender three unanswered goals in loss to Valkyries
The New England Mutiny had an opportunity to end their two-game weekend road trip with another win after taking a 1-0 lead against the TSF Academy Valkyries. Unfortunately for the Mutiny (4-2), the Valkyries (1-2-1) would score three unanswered goals to ruin the visitor’s weekend plans and notch their first win of the season by a 3-1 score.
“We are on a streak of not playing well,” said Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara, Jr., whose team takes on East leaders New Jersey Copa F.C. (5-1-1) in their next game. “We have put ourselves in a position with our backs against the wall and now we face the top team in our conference. There aren’t any excuses left and its gut-check time for all of us.”
New England got on the board in the 23rd minute, as Abby Sotomayor tapped her pass to Rachel Ugolik 30 yards out from goal. The Mutiny veteran would fire her shot past TSF goalkeeper Bjonda Ademi for the 1-0 lead. Nickolette Driesse would almost even the score just a minute later for the hosts, but her shot sailed wide of goal.
Natalie Melillo would tie the match at 1-1 for the Valkyries in the 35th minute, as she chipped her shot over New England keeper Anne-Marie Ulliac as she ran out to stop her scoring opportunity. The score would remain tied as both teams went into halftime. It wouldn’t take long in the second half for TSF to take control of the match, as Driesse would beat Ulliac high on her free kick in the 48th minute.
The Valkyries would run away with the result after that as they held the run of play the remainder of the second half. All the Mutiny substitutions went for naught, as they couldn’t influence the match. In the 88th minute, Melissa Kelly would put the exclamation point on her team’s first win with her first goal of the 2016 season.
New England will continue their four-game road trip next Saturday as they take on New Jersey Copa F.C. at Mercer County Community College. Copa has the league’s top offense, as they have scored 19 goals this season, and will be the toughest test for the Mutiny of their 2016 campaign.