Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
OTTAWA, ON - The recently acquired Lisa-Marie Woods proved to be the difference for the Fury Women (5-1-0) on Wednesday night as the Norwegian International, appearing in only her second game since being signed, netted both Ottawa goals as the home side edged their division rival Laval 2-1.
Playing conditions would undoubtedly play a factor in Wednesday night's game with the temperature hovering around 100 oF for most of the day.
Katrina Gorry provided those in attendance with the first flash of brilliance making a great run through the midfield and striking from 25 yards out with the keeper off her line only to watch the shot go inches wide. That would prove to be one of the few early chances from the Fury as they battled their division rival for possession in midfield for most of the half.
It appeared that the extreme heat was affecting Ottawa's play early on with a slow tempo and limited movement in attack. Following two defensive turnovers in their own end, N'Kems Ezurike found space at the top of the Fury 18-yard box and curled a powerful strike past Jasmine Phillips in the Ottawa goal sending the visitors to the early lead.
The Fury's attempted response saw some anxious plays in attack but failed to make the final pass to provide a quality scoring chance.
Woods pulled the Fury level six minutes before the half by capitalizing on a miscue by the Comets goalkeeper Valerie Labee and calmly slotted home her first goal of the season into the empty net.
Both sides elected to make substitutions at halftime with Fury head coach Dom Oliveri bringing on reigning W-League MVP Mallory Outerbridge to give Ottawa some added pace up front.
First half goalscorer Ezurike produced the first good chance early for Laval, but her volley missed wide at the near post. In the 55th minute Outerbridge had a chance inside the six yard box but, despite getting a shot of on target, she was unable to get any power behind it.
Six minutes later Lisa-Marie Woods would step into a free kick from 25 yards out and swerving the ball past the wall and a diving Valerier Labee sending Ottawa into the lead. The two sides would get into a midfield battle as they struggled to maintain possession for any length of time.
In the 83rd minute Gillian Baggott was brought on for Melissa Busque as the Fury's defensive came was called upon to tighten up and close out the win. Five minutes later the Fury almost put the game to rest. Kaitlin Ryan was played cleaned through by Mallory Outerbridge, but her first touch failed her allowing Labee to come out and challenge and keep the deficit at only a single goal.
There would be little injury time and the Fury closed out the victory winning 2-1 extending their remarkable home unbeaten streak to 28 games (26-0-2).
Ottawa will now head out on a road trip first to southern Ontario to face the London Gryphons on Saturday followed by a date with their arch-rival, Toronto Lady Lynx, on Sunday.