EAST LONGMEADOW – In front of a capacity crowd at East Longmeadow High School, the New England Mutiny scored two late goals, including one in stoppage time, to secure a 2-1 comeback victory over New York AC in the season opener of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.
Mutiny forward Kate Howarth provided the heroics as she scored in the 83rd and 94th minute to give the New England Mutiny the win.
The Mutiny, with several new faces and little preparation time, were able to win its season opener over an experienced and disciplined New York team, who are the defending mid-Atlantic Division champion.
The visitors struck first in the 56th minute when Natalie Romine scored her first goal of the season. The former Yale University striker was able to break through the Mutiny backline and her initial shot was saved by New England goalkeeper Kristyn Shea, but the ball ricocheted back off Romine and into the back of the net.
New England pressed immediately after the one goal deficit and was rewarded in the 83rd minute when the University of Connecticut’s Andrea Plucenik broke down the flank and slotted the ball across to Howarth at the top of the 18-yard box. The former University of Miami striker collected the ball and fired a blast into the goal to tie the match. Howarth would then net the game-winner four minutes into stoppage time as her shot from 20 yards out found the upper corner. A minute later the final whistle blew and the Mutiny walked off with a hard fought win.
“The crowd was electric tonight and I was happy that we were able to send them home happy. It was a great team victory and the girls showed a will to win. I would like to thank the East Longmeadow Soccer Association for providing the player escorts, halftime game, and ball girls for this evening’s match,” Mutiny owner Joe Ferrara said.
The game was the closing event of an all-day soccer jamboree in East Longmeadow and concessions and raffles were provided as fundraisers for the East Longmeadow Soccer Association.
The Mutiny 1-0-0 (3 points) will return to the pitch on June 6 vs. the Jersey Blues at Northampton High School.