Mutiny get back in win column via two goals each from Sydney Brackett (pictured right) & Kate Howarth
After dropping their first loss of the season to the expansion Worcester Smiles last weekend on the road, the New England Mutiny wanted to gain a measure of revenge but also make the rematch a lot less dramatic on Saturday night at Agawam High School. Worcester's 1-0 victory over New England for their first-ever franchise win was a kick in the shins for an organization that is always striving for conference titles and they wanted to get back on track in as straightforward a manner as possible.
Captain Kate Howarth scored in the fifth minute of play and the Mutiny never looked back as they cruised to a comfortable 4-0 win over the Smiles in the team's first home game at Agawam H.S. since the 2011 season. Syracuse University star Sydney Brackett notched two goals and an assist - including her second tally just two minutes into the second half - to ice the result on this muggy and warm evening in western Massachusetts. Howarth scored the final goal in the victory while midfielder Brenna Brown was credited with two assists.
New England goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx continued her rock solid play in net, making seven saves. With a 2-1-1 record, the Mutiny are now in second place behind conference leader Connecticut Fusion (3-1) in the UWS East race. The top two teams in the East will battle it out for the spot in the four-team UWS Championship (July 20-22). New England is back in action at Agawam H.S. on Saturday, June 9th (5:30 PM kickoff) when they take on the New York Surf. The two teams split their series last season as both won their respective home games. This will be the only match between them in 2018.
The last time the Mutiny played at Agawam H.S. was almost seven years ago to the day (Saturday, 6/4/11). New England defeated the now-defunct Albany Alleycats by a 2-0 score via goals from Erin Clark and Hillary Lackmann. Midway through the first half, the substitution of Clark (pictured right during the Albany game) into the match provided an instant offensive spark.
Clark's penchant for scoring big goals came through in the 39th minute. Albany failed to clear the ball after a corner kick and she fired her shot inside the far post for the eventual game-winner. Lackmann netted a penalty kick in the 83rd minute for the insurance goal.