OTTAWA FURY & W LEAGUE:
FURY DEFEAT LYNX IN NORTHERN DIVISION PLAYOFF
Ottawa move on to Eastern
26th July 2006
The Ottawa Fury defeated the Toronto Lady Lynx 3-2 this evening at Keith
Harris Stadium to move onto the W-League Eastern Conference finals in New Jersey
this weekend. Two goals from Amy Vermuelen and another from Kelly Parker saw the
Fury through to the next round of the playoffs.
The Fury started the game slowly and it was the Lady Lynx that threatened
first with Natalie Martineau and Loredana Riverso causing the Fury some problems
with their direct running down the right hand side. In the 8th minute and just
as the Fury began to get into their stride Loredana Riverso out paced Marie-Eve
Nault down the right, cut inside and beat keeper Taryn Swiatek with a shot which
went in off the far post. The Lynx looked dangerous down the flanks with Allysha
Chapman and Riverso hitting early crosses deep into the Fury defence.
However, the Fury midfield slowly began to take hold off the game and they
would create and squander two gilt-edged chances to equalize. In the 25th
minute, Vermuelen and Wilkinson set up Parker in front of goal but she ballooned
the ball high over the bar. Minutes later Diana Matheson would do the same when
set up by Leah Robinson and Kelly Parker.
The Fury would have to wait until four minutes before half time to draw
level. Rhian Wilkinson, recently back from injury, got free down the right and
crossed low to the near post where Amy Vermuelen eluded her marker to score with
The Fury took the lead in the 49th minute when Vermuelen put Parker clear and
she made no mistake shooting past Anne Ogundele for the go ahead goal. Thirteen
minutes later, the Fury seemed to have put the game out of reach when Wilkinson
was held back in the penalty box and Amy Vermeulen converted the spot kick to
make it 3-1. Now, the Fury looked to be coasting to victory, but the Lynx
rallied on a goal from Catherine Marosszeky in the 84th minute. The Fury failed
to close down the Lynx defender and she took full advantage, shooting beyond
Swiatek to make the score 3-2.
The Fury played out the closing minutes without further incident and move
onto to the Eastern Conference finals in New Jersey this weekend.
The Fury will play in the first semi-final on Saturday July 29th (KO 5:00 PM)
at Mercer County Community College while 2005 W-League champion New Jersey will
play in the second at 8:00 PM. The two other competing teams and the semi-final
match ups will be decided by the results of this evening’s games between the
Northern Virginia Majestics who play at the Western Mass Lady Pioneers and the
Long Island Lady Riders who play in Boston against the Renegades.