The New England Mutiny defeated Syracuse DA by the final of 5-0. Mutiny forward Kate Howarth (Grand Blanc, MI/ Univ. of Miami) opened the scoring in the 10' with a blast that hit the the underneath of the crossbar for what would be the game-winner. Zoe Steck (Nutley, NJ/UCONN) added her second goal of the season in the 19' slotting the ball on a break in past Syracuse goalkeeper Mackenzie Hanna. Breukelen Woodard (Rutland, VT/Univ. of Penn) got the assist on the play after carrying the ball through the midfield and sliding it perfectly to Steck. Howarth salted the match away in the 36' as she capitalized on a Syracuse error in the backline and finished alone on Hanna. The goal was #58 in a Mutiny uniform for the former Boston Breakers forward. Jessica Fernandes (Pawtucket, RI/Babson College) capped the first half scoring in the 44'. Howarth set up the goal crossing the ball to the first-year forward for he second goal of the season. The halftime whistle blew with the Mutiny up 4-0 and giving Syracuse a much needed break to contemplate a deceiving score line as the team was clearly feeling the effects of playing two road matches in as many nights. The Mutiny ended the scoring onslaught in the 53' with the prettiest goal of the evening. Roma McLaughlin (Donegal, Ireland/CCSU) collected the ball at midfield and sent the ball to Steck. Steck dropped it off back to McLaughlin and the Irish International rocketed a shot from 20 yards away into the upper frame. That would be the final a 5-0 victory as now the Mutiny head on the road to Syracuse to play the rematch.
The Mutiny backline of Shauny Alterisio (Danbury, CT/CCSU), Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, CT/UCONN), Rachel Wood (Laguna Hills, CA/ Univ of North Carolina) and Ellie Jean (Coventry, CT/Penn State Univ.) produced a solid performance allowing Syracuse only two shots as goalkeepers Maddie Murphy (Grafton, MA/Boston College) and Kelsey Kohler (Ballston Lake, NY/UCONN) split the match and each had one save.
"The score does not reflect the challenge that Syracuse presented to us. They are a quality team that must have been tired from the game the night before. We stuck to the game plan and worked hard as a unit to secure the win. Every player from back to front contributed in this game," stated Mutiny head coach Jeb Booth.
The Mutiny would also like to thank members of the Little Champions League for being the walkouts for the match. Congratulations to Juve for its Championship victory in the tournament played prior to the match!