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NY Fury Weekly Release

May 21, 2012
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THIS WEEK: May 23 Home Opener vs Boston Breakers at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 7:00 pm

LAST WEEK: ROCHESTER, NY---Brittany Taylor scored the only goal, giving the New York Fury a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash at Sahlen's Stadium Saturday night.

The win is the second straight for the Fury, who open the season at 2-0-0, and are tied with the Boston Breakers for first place. Western New York falls to 1-1-0.

Merritt Mathias, who scored three goals in the Fury's opener against the New England Mutiny last week, set up Saturday’s goal with a corner kick in the 54th minute. The goal was the first of the season for Taylor.

The Flash, one of three teams in the WPSL Elite League with roots in Women's Professional Soccer, held an 11-5 advantage in shots on goal.

Fury goalkeeper Michelle Betos made 11 saves to post the shutout.

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT:
The Boston Breakers are one of three former Women's Professional Soccer franchises playing in the WPSL Elite league. They and the Fury are the league’s only two undefeated teams.
Like the Fury, the Breakers feature a high-powered offense that includes several former WPS players. On Saturday, two goals from Australian international Kyah Simon, one from Simon’s Australian National Team teammate Tameka Butt, and one from Katie Schoepfer gave the Breakers a 4-1 win over FC Indiana in front of 2,312 at Dilboy Stadium. 

HOME OPENER: The New York Fury play their home opener against the Boston Breakers at Hofstra on Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for youth and can be purchased at the Hofstra ticket booth and the team's website, www.nyfurysoccer.com. Season tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for youths, and the team also offers a three-game flex pack for any three games priced at $30 for adults and $15 for youths.

PLAYER PROFILE: Goalkeeper Michelle Betos posted the first shutout in the history of the New York Fury WPSL Elite team on Saturday night.  She joined the Fury after previous experience with the Boston Breakers Reserves, the Atlanta Silverbacks and River Plate (Argentina). She was named the W-League Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009 after leading the Atlanta Silverbacks  to the regular season Southeast Division title. She finished with a 9-1-1 record as the team finished 10-1-1. Her 0.188 goals-against average, nine wins and nine shutouts all ranked second leaguewide. She was named All-WPSL Second Team in 2011 while playing for the Breakers Reserves.

College Career
2009: Started all 22 games, logging 1,929 minutes…Earned 8 shutouts and a GAA of 1.12 per game… Finished her college career with a total of 316 saves, ranking third all-time at Georgia and second in shutout count (26) and win totals (48).

2008: Appeared in all 23 games, making 22 starts…Recorded seven shutouts and a 1.19 GAA, finishing the season with 117 saves. Named SEC All-Tournament Team and SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21. 

2007: Started all 24 games, finishing with 18 wins, 8 shutouts and 0.79 GAA…Posted a save percentage of .816, making 84 saves and allowing 19 goals…Named the team's Defensive MVP.

2006: Appeared in 12 games in goal, making eight starts… Named to the SEC All-Freshman Team…Selected All-Freshman team…Led the team in GAA (1.18), save percentage (.732), least goals allowed (11), wins (5), shutouts (3) and saves (30).

NEW YORK FURY ROSTER
   
Player Pos Hometown Previous Team (College)
Jazmyne Avant D Coppell, Tex. U of Florida
Michelle Betos GK Brooklyn, NY Boston Breakers Reserves (U of Georgia)
Gina DiMartino F Massapequa, NY Philadelphia Independence (Boston College)
Tina DiMartino M Massapequa, NY Philadelphia Independence (UCLA)
 Sinead Farrelly Havertown, Pa.  Philadelphia Independence
Amanda  Forrester M Las Vegas, Nv UNLV
Tobin Heath M Basking Ridge, NJ Atlanta Beat (North Carolina)
 Bianca Henninger GK Los Gatos, Calif Santa Clara
Estelle Johnson D Fort Collins, Colo. Philadelphia Independence (U of Kansas)
Nikki Krzysik D Clifton, NJ Philadelphia Independence (Notre Dame)
Meghan Lenczyk F McLean, Va Atlanta Beat (U of Virginia)
Allie Long M Northport, NY Paris St. Germain (U of North Carolina)
Merritt Mathias F Birmingham, Ala. Texas A&M
Kia McNeill D Avon, Conn Philadelphia Independence (Boston College)
LeighAnn Robinson D Poway, Calif Philadelphia Independence (San Diego State)
Cari Roccaro D East Islip NY Albertson Fury/LI Fury
Karin Simonian  M/F Westbury, NY  U of Notre Dame/Albertson Fury 
Jasmyne Spencer F Bay Shore, NY Univ. of Maryland
Brittany Taylor D Campbell Hall, NY Sky Blue FC (UConn.)
Kim Yokers D Seattle, Wash. FC Gold Pride (U of California)
Claire Zimmeck F Fairfax, Va Boston Breakers
Head Coach: Paul Riley
Assistant Coach: Skip Thorp
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Mike Demakis


NEW YORK FURY GAME-BY GAME

Date Opponent/Location Time Result Goals
Sat May 12 @NE Mutiny   5-1 W Merritt Mathias (7, 14, 42), Jasymyne Spence (14),
Meghan Lenczyk (74)
Sat May 19 @WNY Flash   1-0 W Brittany Taylor (54)
Wed May 23 Boston Breakers @ Hofstra Univ. 7:00 pm    
Thu May 31 Philadelphia Fever @ Hofstra Univ. 7:00 pm    
Sun June 3 Western New York @ Hofstra Univ. 7:00 pm    
Fri June 8 @ Chicago Red Stars 6:00 pm    
Sun June 10 @ FC Indiana TBA    
Sun June 17 @ ASA Chesapeake Charge TBA    
Sat June 23 @ Boston Breakers 6:00 pm    
Thu June 28 ASA Chesapeake Charge @ Hofstra Univ. 7:00 pm    
Saturday, July 3 N.E. Mutiny @ Hofstra University 7:00 pm    
Sun July 15 @ Philadelphia Fever 7:30 pm    
Thu July 19 FC Indiana @ Hofstra University 7:00 pm    
Sun July 22 Chicago Red Stars @ Hofstra University 7:00 pm    


WPSL ELITE STANDINGS

Points: Win= 3 points, Tie= 1 point, Loss= 0 points, Forfeit = -3 points
  
STANDINGS GP W L T GF GA GD PTS
Boston Breakers 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6
New York Fury 2 2 0 0 6 1 5 6
New England Mutiny 3 1 1 1 7 9 -2 4
Western New York Flash 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 3
Chicago Red Stars 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
Philadelphia Fever 1 0 0 1 2 2 0 1
ASA Chesapeake Charge 2 0 2 0 2 7 -5 0
FC Indiana 3 0 3 0 2 10 -8 0

  

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