Fredericksburg Impact News Release - www.fasaimpact.com
Thursday, June 14, 2012
FREDERICKSBURG, VA— The Fredericksburg Impact rallied past the Dayton Dutch Lions on Thursday night for a hard-fought 3-2 victory to move into sole possession of second place in the Atlantic Division. Becca Wann led the way with two goals for the Impact.
Trailing 2-1 and not having many chances come their way since the opening goal, the Impact found a way to rally for a 3-2 victory led by Becca Wann.
The rising junior from the University of Richmond helped create the tying goal before netting her second of the game to secure the three points.
“As a team we’ve done a good job of getting wins,” Wann said. “We didn’t play our best today and we got the win.”
Coach Jen Woodie said she thought the play of the players off the bench helped the Impact come away with the win.
“Having a deep bench especially in the attack is beneficial to us and it’s gonna help us in the long run,” said Woodie.
One of those players off the bench, Erin Liberatore, provided the game-tying goal and assisted on Wann’s game winner.
“It’s always hard coming in as a sub ‘cause you don’t start with the pace of the game,” Liberatore said. “It was difficult, but I just kept my head up and gave it my all.”
To start the game, Fredericksburg (4-1-0) looked like it would be able to cruise against the winless Dutch Loins (0-5-1). After a quick counter attack, Missy Wycinsky sent a cross into the box that found Wann. The forward scored to give the Impact the early 1-0 lead in the 12th minute.
Dayton never backed down though, with Stefani Knopick scoring in the 32nd minute after an Impact defensive breakdown to equalize. The Impact’s defense broke down once again in the 38th minute forcing goalie Karen Blocker to come out and challenge Emile Fillion. Fillion would sidestep Blocker and put the ball in the back of the net, giving the Dutch Lions a 2-1 advantage.
Dayton coach Fernando Derveld credited his team’s comeback to its resiliency.
“If you only have one point you have to have a strong mentality,” he said.
Eventually, Wann and Liberatore broke the strength of the Dutch Lions. In the 64th minute, Wann drove the ball down field find toward the right corner flag before swinging the ball in to Liberatore. The substitute redirected a shot on net, but Dayton’s defense was able to block it. However, goalie Ashley Daniels was unable to block Liberatore’s follow-up, which knotted the score at 2-2 in the 64th minute.
“It was an overall team effort of how we strung the ball together to get the goals,” Liberatore said. “Without Becca’s beautiful cross I don’t think I could’ve finished it without her.”
Six minutes later, Liberatore made a run down the left wing then sent a through ball that found Wann. The forward calmly finished helping Fredericksburg regain the lead, 3-2.
“Their defense just got spread and [Erin] put it in behind and I was able to walk it in,” Wann said.
Although it took a while for Wann to get back involved offensively Woodie stuck with her top goal scorer, who now has five goals in three games.
“It wasn’t one of her best games, but she just finds ways,” Woodie said. “She’s a scrappy player and she catered to it.”
After Thursday’s win, the Impact sit in second place in the Atlantic Division standings with 12 points, just behind the D.C. United Women (15 points) and ahead of the Virginia Beach Piranhas (10 points). The Impact continue their season on Saturday when they travel to Virginia Beach for a match-up with the Piranhas. Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.