Ottawa Fury News Release - www.ottawafury.com
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
LAVAL, QC - The Ottawa Fury Women (9-1-0) pulled themselves to within a single point of capturing their ninth consecutive division title on Wednesday night stealing a 3-2 decision against the Laval Comets on an injury-time winner from Australian International Katrina Gorry.
Ottawa found themselves trailing their division rivals 1-0 through the first 45 minutes, but pulled themselves level on a Kaitlin Ryan penalty kick early into the second half. The Comets retook the lead within 10 minutes of the Fury equalizer as the Fury again found themselves outplayed by Laval. Mallory Outerbridge pulled the Fury level at 2-2 in the 80th minute, setting the stage for Gorry's injury-time winner.
Following a massive thunderstorm the Fury and Comets kicked off in a game that had plenty of post-season implications on the line for Laval as they continue to battle with Toronto for the coveted second spot in an effort to earn home field advantage in the Conference Playoffs.
Cynthia Leblanc got the call in the Ottawa goal against her former W-League side, marking the first time this season that Jasmine Phillips has not started the game. After a scoreless opening 20 minutes a defensive lapse let the Fury down and Nkemjika Ezurike found herself in on a breakaway, beating Leblanc to put Laval ahead 1-0 in the 21st minute. Less than 10 minutes later Martha Matthews came within a matter of inches of giving the Comets a two-goal lead, but was denied by the crossbar and Laval settled for a one-goal lead at halftime.
Three minutes after the restart Ryan was fouled inside the box by the Laval keeper Valerie Labee, and Ryan was elected to take the spot kick to pull the Fury level. The tie game would be short-lived as Laval was awarded a penalty kick of its own in the 55th minute and Martha Matthews restored the lead for the Comets with plenty of time to play.
Four minutes later Matthews again was denied the opportunity to extend Laval's lead after being put through on a breakaway, but watched her shot sail wide of the back post. The miss eventually proved costly as Outerbridge found space inside the 18-yard box and slipped it past Labee to equalize for the Fury in the 80th minute.
After being selected to the Australian National Team earlier in the week to represent her country in an international friendly against Japan, Gorry proved her worth in injury time smashing a shot from 25 yards out that had a remarkable curl that flew past Labee to send the Fury ahead 3-2. The Comets could have taken at least a point if not for a late save from Leblanc in the Ottawa goal as the Fury improved to 9-1-0 this season, recording their eighth consecutive win.
The Fury Women are next in action on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. when they host the Toronto Lady Lynx needing only a single point to capture their ninth consecutive divisional crown. It is Active Start Soccer Fest Weekend with the Fury and all youth get into Saturday's game for $2. The game is part of a double-header with the Fury Men featuring at 7 p.m. against Seacoast United.