Pernice will suit up this Saturday night at West Springfield H.S.
Pernice (left) celebrating the 2014 DI state championship with her teammates and coach Brenda Marti
The New England Mutiny (5-3) host the 2016 United Women’s Soccer (UWS) East Conference champion New Jersey Copa F.C. (7-1-1) this Saturday night at West Springfield High School (7:00 PM). It will be the first time they’ve played at West Side since the 2008 season and the first time at the new Clark Field facility. And they will also have a former Terrier star suit up for them for the first time this season, too.
Midfielder Sharlotte Pernice has been called up by the Mutiny for Saturday’s game. Pernice was a 2014 Division I All-New England selection as a senior at West Springfield H.S. as well as a two-time Division I All-State and three-time Division I All-Western Massachusetts honoree. The Terriers went undefeated during the 2014 regular season en route to winning West Springfield’s first-ever girls soccer Division I state championship in her senior campaign.
This past fall as a freshman at Endicott College, Sharlotte played in 20 games (starting in seven) and netted four goals and two assists.
“We are really happy to be back in West Springfield at a great facility,” said Mutiny team owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. “The Mutiny have always promoted its hometown heroes and we are excited to have Sharlotte in the mix.”
On Tuesday, the UWS league office named Mutiny defender Jennifer Cafferky the East Conference Defensive Player of the Week. It was the first league honor for Cafferky this season, as she joined the team in mid-June. Her burgeoning influence on the team’s defense since than has been a revelation for team management, and her strong play against the Long Island Rough Riders in Saturday’s 2-1 win garnered her the defensive honor.
After the Mutiny allowed an early goal off a set piece, Cafferky was a force in defense, denying the Rough Riders attack on 1v1 situations in dangerous areas of the pitch. It looks like the former Swedish youth international and two-time reigning Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the Central Connecticut Blue Devils has already begun to make a name for herself in the national pro-am league.
“Jen was terrific last weekend stifling all attacks on her side as well as providing defensive cover when we were broken down,” said Ferrara. “It is a well-deserved honor.”
New England will conclude their 2016 season in the UWS East on Saturday, July 23rd, returning to East Longmeadow H.S. for a match vs. the TSF Academy Valkyries (2-3-2). The kickoff time for the match has been moved up to 4:00 PM, instead of the 7:00 PM kickoff previously announced. Even though the Mutiny are out of postseason consideration, they will certainly look to gain a measure of revenge vs. the Valkyries, as their 3-1 loss to them in June essentially scuppered their run for the East title.
This year, only the two conference champions will take part in the UWS National Championship, which the West winner will host the weekend of July 30-31. What’s left for the Mutiny is the consolation of finishing second-place, and their last two home games will be vital in that regard.