New England Soccer Today

Mutiny Open on a Winning Note

Mutiny forward Tori Sousa scored and assisted in the New England Mutiny’s season-opening 3-1 victory over the New Hampshire Phantoms at East Longmeadow High School on Saturday.

Sousa opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, and assisted on Jenna Fisher’s 83rd minute goal. Jewel Robinson scored the second Mutiny goal in the 53rd minute, while Lydia Simmons pulled one back for the Phantoms in the 90th minute.

Mutiny forward Tori Sousa (left) helped steer her club to a 3-1 victory. (Photo: Mutiny Media Relations)

Mutiny forward Tori Sousa (left) helped steer her club to a 3-1 victory. (Photo: Mutiny Media Relations)

“It was a great start to our season and we scored some really good goals,” said first-year Mutiny head coach Roy Gurnon in a team release. “Once we got rolling, the team was fun to watch especially with our backs getting forward. Its always hard to pull the team together for the first game, but we got a great result tonight.”

Sousa helped put the hosts out in front when she tapped through a pass from Rachel Ugolik right on the doorstep, and just like that, any worries about cohesion began to erode.

The Mutiny put another one on the board in the 54th minute when Kacey Richards played it to Robinson, who rocketed a shot past the dive of goalkeeper Jamie Gillis.

“After kind of a rusty first half, I decided to do what I do best and take people on,” said Robinson about her goal in a team release.

New England didn’t quit in the waning moments, as Sousa found Fisher, who ripped a shot from distance to cap the scoring for the hosts.

Although the Mutiny were in firm command, Simmons salvaged a measure of success for the guests when she beat Niki Deiter before full time.

The Mutiny return to action at 7:30pm on May 22 when they face the Boston Breakers Academy at Dilboy Stadium.

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