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New England Mutiny
« on: May 09, 2009, 04:55:43 PM »

Springfield, Massachusetts
April 22, 2009

The New England Mutiny is pleased to announce their current signings for its seventh season in the Women’s Premier Soccer League which kicks off on Saturday, May 16th at Northampton High School against the Maine Tide.
Jenny Maurer (East Longmeadow, MA) will return for a franchise record seventh season. The former captain for the Boston College Eagles was also a member of the Under-21 U.S. Women’s National Team and All-WPSL selection. Maurer will not have long-time midfield partner Meghan Schnur alongside her this season as Schnur has been playing in Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). The Mutiny will now rely heavily on Wilbraham, MA native Danielle Dakin. Dakin, the youngest player in franchise history when she signed as a high school sophomore two years ago, was recently selected as the Massachusetts Female Soccer Player of the Year. Rounding out the midfield will be another key returnee, Becky Gundling (Farmington, CT). Gundling has been patrolling the midfield for Len Tsantiris’ charges at the University of Connecticut, where she has been a starter since her freshman season.
The backline will see three more UConn Huskies as Karen Gurnon , Meghan Cunningham and Jessica Diakun return for the Mutiny. Gurnon, signed by the Mutiny as a Tolland high school senior, finished last season as the Mutiny’s starting center back where she also started for UConn in her first campaign. This will be Meghan Cunningham’s third season with the Mutiny. The Simsbury, CT product is building a reputation for big game heroics with two penalty kick game-winners in NCAA tournament play and a penalty kick game-winner for the Mutiny that sent them to the WPSL National Finals in 2007. Mutiny stalwart Jessica Diakun (Glastonbury, CT) returns to the squad for her fifth season. Returning from a season-ending injury a year ago, “JD” will also play a fifth year at Storrs. Forward Erin Clark (Somers, CT) rounds out the UConn contingent. Clark returns for her third season having scored 11 goals in two seasons for the Mutiny, including the game-winner versus SoccerPlus CT which catapulted the Mutiny into the WPSL National Final Four last year.
Canadian National Team goalkeeper, Stephanie Labbe, is playing professionally in Sweden, so the Mutiny will look to replace the former WPSL Goalkeeper of the Year. Vying for that spot will be Lauren Brodeur (Wilbraham, MA) who guarded the posts for coach John Natale at the University of Hartford this past fall where she started all 19 games; posting a .65 goals against average.
Newcomers Brittany Berry and Riley Houle conclude the early signings for 2009. Berry (Springfield, MA) set a record for 59 goals in a season at Sabis H.S. before moving on to Wilbraham & Monson this past fall. Houle (Windham, CT) is fresh off her performance in the Algarve Cup for the U-17 National Team. She also received the “Golden Boot” award given to the leading scorer at the Elite Soccer Program (ESP); a camp for the top 150 high school players in the nation.

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Re: New England Mutiny
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 09:08:18 PM »

by Mike Bogen, The Republican

Northampton, Massachusetts
16th May 2009

The New England Mutiny have joined the chase for the Women's Premier Soccer League Eastern Division championship it left in the hands of SoccerPlus Conn. last year, and if their opening night was any indication, the Mutiny will be in the title scramble.

The Mutiny, who defeated their Eastern rival, the Maine Tide, 4-0, before 842 at rainy Northampton High School on Saturday, will do it with women who in the past played secondary roles to the veterans who carried the team to repeated Eastern championships and appearances in the WPSL national championship final.

Erin Clark, a junior at the University of Connecticut, and a second-year starter - third-year player - for the Mutiny, is one of those women, and last night the lanky attacker had her breakout game, a hat trick that made this game a runaway.

Clark, who scored once in the first half and twice in the second, is quite aware that she is at the center of the change in the Mutiny, a change that places more responsibility on younger shoulders.

"I had a lot of people to look up to last year and now I'm just kind of trying to do what they did for us," said Clark, who in one game scored half as many goals as she did in 14 starts last year.

It was, however, a newcomer, Windham, Conn., junior Riley Houle, who scored the Mutiny's first goal of the 2009 season, one that turned out to be the game-winning goal only 1:44 into the game. She was assisted by another newcomer, former High School of Science and Technology star Brittany Barry.

Clark made it 2-0 in the 37th minute, grabbing up a loose ball in front of the Maine goal and beating Tides' goalie Michelle Rich, who had committed to the gathering of humanity out of which the ball had popped.

Danielle Dakin assisted on Clark's final goal, finding the attacker on the right flank about 15 yards out from the goal, a place from which Clark dribbled in and beat the goalie to top left corner.

"It took us a good five to 10 minutes to get into it but we started yelling and meshing. I thought we played really well," Clark said.