FC Buffalo continued its unbeaten start to the season with a narrow 1-0 win over Syracuse DA in midweek action on Wednesday. Carissima Cutrona placed a well-timed through ball to Marcella Barberic in the 11th minute, who beat the keeper to score what turned out to be the only goal of the game. FC Buffalo keeper Emily Kelly stopped all 10 of the shots sent her way by Syracuse DA, who failed to score in its first game of the new campaign.
FC Buffalo made it four wins in four matches — all by a one-goal margin — with a 2-1 win over Albany Rush. Carissima Cutrona found Kelsey Araujo with a through ball in the 25th minute to put FC Buffalo ahead. Olivia Piraino responded for Albany five minutes later to restore parity, but it didn’t last long, as Araujo converted a penalty kick to give FC Buffalo the lead back. A scoreless second half ensured the home side claimed all three points.
Syracuse DA responded from its season-opening defeat on Wednesday in emphatic fashion, hanging a double-digit scoreline on Worcester Smiles in a 10-0 victory. The blowout was fueled by a remarkable game by Brooke Barbuto, who assisted on three goals and scored three more to ensure her side won comfortably.
Connecticut Fusion also continued its unbeaten streak to start the season, coasting past winless Rochester Lancers, 5-0. Connecticut went ahead in the 4th minute behind Kacey Lawrence’s goal, and Tiffany Weimer as well as Tori Sousa added to the lead before the halftime whistle. Lawrence scored again shortly after halftime, and Chanel Johnson finished the scoring with a goal off of Lawrence’s assist.
A rollercoaster of a match between two quality sides in the East Conference finished in a 2-2 draw Saturday, with NE Mutiny and NJ Copa each unable to hang onto leads. NJ Copa pulled ahead in the 22nd minute as Kelly Severini scored from Melanie Cunha’s cross, but Lauren Berman equalized from the penalty spot shortly thereafter. Just before halftime, Berman’s cross found Catherine Berry, who gave NE Mutiny a 2-1 lead into the halftime break. A late penalty gave NJ Copa a lifeline, though, and Cunha tucked it away to salvage a point for the visitors.
Connecticut Rush used a strong start to build a comfortable lead and add to Rochester Lancers’ early-season losing streak, which now reaches five games. Claire Mensi and Julia Carr scored directly from set-pieces in the first half. In the second frame, Kyla Gallagher and Rose Lockery found the back of the net to put the game out of reach. Rochester’s only goal was an 89th-minute consolation by Winsom Hudson.
A difficult match week for Worcester Smiles continued, as Scorpions SC claimed a much-needed 6-1 win at their expense on Sunday. Avery Snead and substitute Chloe Lane each scored twice for the victorious road side, while Alexandria Giovino and Kayla Duran also found the back of the net. Substitute Amber Gustafson scored the only goal of the match for the home side.
This match will be rescheduled to a later date due to a facilities issue.
KC Courage managed to grab control of this Central Conference bout, earning a comfortable 3-0 win. A scoreless first half gave way to a flurry of Courage scoring in the second, as Taylor Wagner finished off a breakaway to give the hosts the lead. Sophia Stram and substitute Laudan Wilson also found the back of the net, ensuring Springfield never managed to claim a foothold in the game.
KC Courage made it two wins and two clean sheets in three days with a 1-0 victory at home over St. Louis Scott Gallagher. KC Courage left it late, though. After a scoreless 88 minutes, substitute Caroline Kelly broke down the flank and beat the keeper to score the winner, with an assist from Sarahi Casillas.
St. Louis SG rebounded well from its loss to KC Courage on Saturday, with a dominant 4-0 win over Springfield Demize. The win was fueled by a strong start, as Sydney Stephens got the home side on the board in the 14th minute. Sidney Christopher added a second about 20 minutes thereafter, and an own-goal just before halftime put St. Louis up 3-0. Emily Groark finished things off with a 64th-minute penalty.
Midwest United staged an emphatic comeback against Corktown AFC, earning a 4-2 win and moving to the top of the Midwest North standings. Corktown took a commanding early lead before the 10-minute mark, as Sami Lopez and Itala Gemelli found the back of the net for the visitors. Clare Carlson helped get Midwest United back on level terms, though, assisting Stephanie Curry and Jennifer Blitchok before halftime. Blitchok scored again in the 67th minute — a header from Grace Labadie’s cross — to give her side the lead, and Martha Corby finished things off for the hosts with a goal to secure the points.
Detroit City’s strong start to the season continued with a 10-0 romping of Muskegon Risers Saturday. Detroit City now sits on top of the Midwest North with 12 points from five games, as Melanie Forbes’ five goals off the bench paced the visitors to an impressive showing.
Lansing United finally got off the schneid, earning its first victory in six attempts, 5-1, over Chicago KICS. Maeve Riordon’s second goal of the weekend put the visitors ahead initially, but Lansing United responded with five unanswered goals, including two from Alexis Mitchell, to earn a dominant victory.
Chicago Mustangs made it two wins in two games to begin the season, as they handled a scuffling Lansing United side, 2-0. The score was level until halftime, but Mallory Olsson made sure it didn’t stay that way for long. She scored in the 49th minute off a helper from Nina Nicosia, and then again in the 54th minute with an assist from Valerie Lelle.
Chicago Mustangs continued their momentum with another solid win, this time dominating Ladies Steel City, 4-0. Mallory Olsson got the scoring started in the first half this time, giving her side the lead in the 15th minute. Chandra Eigenberger followed in the 35th minute to put the home side comfortably ahead heading into halftime. Nina Nicosia scored in the 63rd minute with an assist from Carol Soto — her second of the day — to seal the points, and Lara Schenk added another for good measure in the 88th minute.
In the first leg of a back-to-back for both clubs, Chicago KICS picked up a 2-1 win over Indiana Elite in Indiana Elite’s first game as UWS members. Maeve Riordan tallied the opener for the Kicks in the 32nd minute, but Arianna Lombardi responded three minutes later with an equalizer for Indiana Elite. The stalemate lasted until the 80th minute, when Zenaya Barnes scored the winner for Chicago KICS.
It was yet another narrow defeat for Indiana Elite on its opening weekend, this time falling at home to MSC Peoria, 2-1. Sarah Parker found the back of the net for MSC Peoria just before halftime, and that was all the scoring that took place until the 89th minute, when Ava Jamie appeared to have salvaged a point for Indiana Elite. But the dramatics weren’t finished. Carolina Gomes’ direct free kick in added time put Peoria back in front, and ultimately sent the visitors home with all three points.
The Southeast Conference got its season started on Saturday, as Pensacola FC claimed a 2-1 win over Atlanta Panthers. Pensacola went ahead in the 12th minute to claim an early advantage, and Clara Robbins found the back of the net just before halftime to put the visitors up 2-0. Hannah White got Atlanta Panthers within a goal late in the game, but Pensacola was able to hang on for the victory.
An intense first half that saw both clubs score seven goals gave way to an Atlanta Panthers victory on Sunday, as they handed Pensacola Academy a 6-3 defeat. Four different goalscorers found the back of the net in the first half for Atlanta, who went behind 2-0 after 10 minutes thanks to a pair of goals from Taytum Terrell. The responses for Atlanta came from Tori Penn, Hannah White, Flero-Dina Surpris and Candace West. Sophia Nguyen scored just before halftime to trim Atlanta’s lead to 4-3, but that would be as close as Pensacola Academy got. Cate Hardin and Callie O’Connor scored in the second half for the hosts to secure the points in this high-scoring thriller.
FC Austin Elite made it two wins in a row and three games without a defeat, besting CTX Hornets 3-0 Saturday. The match made it to halftime scoreless, but things picked up from there, with substitute Sophie Sanchez involved in all three goals. She assisted teammates Ryann Hierholzer and Marley Zochert, while also finding the scoresheet with a goal of her own.
All the excitement was saved for the second half in this one, as SA Athenians climbed to the top of the table in the Southwest with a 2-1 win over WilCo FC. The hosts jumped out to the lead in the second half when Rafiatu Alhassan scored, but Athenians responded in the 56th minute, then clinched all three points as Helene Farris potted the winner.
Lone Star Republic continued its dominant start to the season with a 5-1 dismantling of BatCo FC. Jacqueline Cortez got the scoring started for Lone Star, but Paula Villarreal quickly responded for the hosts. Two goals before halftime by Kennedy Kessler put Lone Star back in control, though, and Bronwyn Boswell and Kelsey Sheldon added goals of their own to put the game to bed.
Santa Clarita Blue Heat won its second consecutive game to begin the new season, besting Internacional CA at home, 4-1. The star of the show was Angeles Escobar, who collected a hat trick for the hosts — with all of those goals coming in the first half. Add in a tally from Sydney Vermillion and SC Blue Heat held a 4-0 lead after 37 minutes. Internacional got one back before halftime via Danielle O’Brien, but that’s all the visitors would muster.