Mutiny Head Coach Joe Abele resigns after humbling loss
The 2018 season for the New England Mutiny has been a frustrating one, as the talent on the roster has not translated to results on the pitch. A series of games where the Mutiny have dropped points where the team was in charge continued on Sunday afternoon at Agawam High School. New England lost to the Western New York Flash by a humbling 1-0 score, as the home side could not take advantage of a side who were playing their second match of a weekend road trip.
With a 3-2-2 record (3rd place), the result has left the Mutiny on the outside looking in regards to the UWS East Final - and the ticket to compete in the National Championship (July 20-22). The team will need to win out their remaining three games and hope for help.
Following the conclusion of the match, New England Head Coach Joe Abele resigned. Abele has coached the Mutiny the past four seasons with one postseason appearance during that time. New England has missed out on the playoffs in their first two years in UWS, finishing second in the East in 2016 and third in 2017.
"Joe felt that a coaching change was necessary at this time for the betterment of the program," said Mutiny team owner Joe Ferrara, Jr. "Management, coaching and players are all responsible for team success as well as failures."
"It was the best four years of my life," said Abele.
Western New York had played a match against the Worcester Smiles the day prior, so New England came out of the gates looking to take advantage. In the 12th minute, team captain Kate Howarth fired her shot over the cross bar and five minutes later, Howarth sent Penn State University & U.S. U-20 WNT star Ellie Jean - who made her first-ever appearance for the Mutiny - in on goal but she just missed her shot at the near post.
In the 25th minute, Howarth once again threatened the Flash defense but WNY goalkeeper Rachel Grampp held on to the rebound. Later in the first half, Jean's cross from the the right flank found forward Sydney Brackett but she was denied. In injury time, a diving save by New England keeper Lysianne Proulx on a curling shot from Carissima Cutrona on their only quality scoring chance in the first half kept the score at 0-0.
The Flash were bolstered by their first half performance and came out in the second half with an immediate threat on the counter attack. The Mutiny responded but could not solve the high offside line that Western New York was playing - as well as the decision-making process of one particular linesmen - and the final pass and/or shot from the home side was left wanting all match. Howarth missed a golden scoring opportunity in the 61st minute, but she sent her shot over the cross bar from the center of the penalty area.
Midfielder Carrie Ellis was subbed into the match in the 63rd minute and contributed right away. An Ellis cross from the right flank in the 65th minute found Howarth, but her diving header went just wide of the far post. All of the missed scoring chances caught up to New England as time ticked off the clock, and Cutrona punished the Mutiny with her game-winning goal in the 85th minute on a trademark counter attack.