Down twice with 9 players LI comes back for 2-2 tie
PORTSMOUTH, Maine---The shorthanded Long Island Fury came back from goal deficits twice to tie the Seacoast Untied Phantoms 2-2 on Sunday at Portsmouth High School.
In the 28th minute, Elise Amioka capitalized on a cross from the left side of the field, scoring on a header that beat Fury goalkeeper Brittany Anghel diving to her right side. With the 1-0 advantage, Seacoast United settled down and took the lead into halftime.
In the 52nd minute, the Fury broke through the Phantoms backline when Jen Gibbons played a ball to speedy striker Katie Greer, who put it away to tie the game at 1-1.
The Phantoms responded in the 62nd minute with a goal from Maria Delahunt.
Long Island continued to press and make good use of opportunities they created. In the 86th minute, they equalized once again on a free kick from midfielder Emma Mullo.
The Fury were forced to play the entire game with only nine players, after winning on Saturday against the Seacoast United Mariners 3-0 with a 10-player team.
"It was a bit draining but the girls kept fighting," said Fury coach Phil Casella. "It was a great result for the group that committed themselves to representing the Long Island Fury this weekend. The efforts of these players still keeps us in the hunt for a playoff spot and we have two very important games this week. "
The tie brings the Fury's record to 2-1-2. The Seacoast United Phantoms remain in first place in the Northeast Atlantic North division of the WPSL with a record of 4-0-3, four points ahead of Aztec MA.
The Long Island Fury return to action on Thursday when they host Aztec MA at Aviator Field in Brooklyn at 4pm, then hit the road for a game against the New England Mutiny on Saturday.