K-W United Takes Key Victory vs. Toronto
K-W United FC News Release -- www.kwunitedfc.com
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
WATERLOO, Ont. -- K-W United FC bolsterd their playoff position on Wednesday night as they defeated the Toronto Lady Lynx 2-1 at Alumni Field. Claudia Piazza and Courtney Conrad scored for United, which remained in a tie for second place in the Central Conference with the Laval Comets with a game in hand.
"We had a solid first half playing some good football," assistant coach Luke Holder said. "We worked hard as a team and deservedly led at the break."
United came out flying throughout the first half, allowing little movement for Toronto. The side sent seven shots on Toronto keeper Clarissa Miller, and the solid back four of Kelsey Tikka, Kelly Cook, Elysia Masters and Kira Bertrand did what they do best, allowing few opportunities.
K-W's pressure paid off in the 29th minute when Leticia Skeete sent a perfect ball to Piazza, who she made no mistake as she put the ball past Miller. Three minutes later, Conrad finished off a strong spell of offensive pressure to give the home team a 2-0 lead going into the break.
Roles were reversed in the second half, which featured Toronto putting on the pressure. The Lady Lynx pulled a goal back in the 56th minute when United was unable to clear the ball, which allowed Simone Wark to beat goalkeeper Stephanie Bukovec to halve the lead.
That would be all that got past Bukovec, however, as United hung on for a 2-1 victory and much-needed three points in the standings.
"We have to be more consistent and conitnue to play like we did in the first half for 90 minutes," Holder said. "We have to give credit to the Lynx - they came out in the second and put us on the back foot from the start."
"It took us a good 20-25 minutes to settle, but credit to our girls. They worked hard and got the result they needed."
United now sits second in the Central Conference, tied with Laval in points, but with a game in hand heading into the weekend. They will play the Quebec Dynamo on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. in their next contest.