This Memorial Day Weekend will be one the New England Mutiny may choose not to remember as they dropped their first loss of the 2018 season to the Worcester Smiles at Foley Stadium. The first-year organization notched their first-ever victory on a 32nd minute goal from midfielder Sydney Fisher for the 1-0 win. New England will have an opportunity to enact a measure of revenge as the two teams meet again this Saturday at Agawam High School (5:30 PM kickoff) - the first Mutiny home match at that facility since the 2011 season.
The breaks didn't go New England's way to start the match as Marissa Aniolowski broke in one-on-one with Worcester goalkeeper Brittany Henderson but her scoring chance was stopped. The team's luck went from bad to worse just six minutes later as offensive catalyst Yo Tachibana had to be substituted because of injury. Smiles midfielder Kristina Balfoort was a pest for the Mutiny defense early in the match, forcing a last-second tackle from defender Sage Dieterle in the 14th minute and a big save from keeper Lysianne Proulx in the 25th minute.
Fisher put the hosts ahead seven minutes later and her team held on to the one-goal advantage the rest of the way. New England simply could not generate enough offense to tie the score or snatch all three points, for that matter. After a rousing come-from-behind 3-2 win on the road in their season opener against the Connecticut Fusion, the Mutiny have now dropped five points in the UWS East standings via last weekend's 2-2 draw vs. Rochester and Saturday night's loss to Worcester. A May not to remember but the team has the upcoming month of June to turn their fortunes around.