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Impact Score Late to Tie Valkyries
Two goals in final ten minutes earn home side a point

 

Fredericksburg Impact News Release

Sunday, June 30, 2013

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Fredericksburg Impact and the North Jersey Valkyries played to a 3-3 tie at the Fredericksburg Fieldhouse on Saturday in Northeastern Conference action. 

The North Jersey Valkyries came out of the gates quickly scoring two goals in the game’s first five minutes. In the second minute Jasmin Corniel broke away from the Impact defense to score an unassisted goal, giving the Valkyries an early 1-0 lead. Just three minutes later, Brielle Buis took a free kick that went by the outstretched hands of Impact goalkeeper Jesse McGinley.

The Impact regrouped and played with purpose pushing forward on the Valkyries defense. In the eighth minute, a pass from co-captain Emily Dale to forward Chelsey Haney almost produced a clear chance in front of goal but Valkyries goalkeeper Kate Courter scooped up well.

With opportunity after opportunity the Impact were poised to put the ball in the back of the net, but luck wasn’t in their favor.

In the 27th minute Butler made the breakthrough for the Impact. A throw in from midfielder Ashley Alderin-Fleagle found Butler 23 yards out at the top of the box and Butler unloaded a kick past Courter’s outstretched body. 

In the second half, Impact head coach Rich Stoneman inserted Margaret Beckwith into the midfield. Beckwith had an immedite impact and took a pass down the right sideline to take a shot on Courter, but Courter just picked it off before going into the top left side of the net.

"These two ladies were thrown into action into positions they normally don’t play, but given their opportunity they stayed within our system and helped us claw back into this game," said Stoneman on the play of Fleagle and Beckwith.

In the 80th minute, Valkyries forward Stephanie Sholz  converted a penalty to give North Jersey a 3-1 lead.

What seemed to be an daunting 3-1 lead, the Impact were determined to fight to the end. 

In the 85th minute, after a North Jersey foul inside their own box, Cummings had a chance to put some momentum into the Impact side. Cummings stepped up to the penalty spot and rifled the ball by Courter, closing the gap to 3-2.

With one last opportunity in injury time Emily Dale took a pass down the right side and crossed it to Haney. Haney then squibbed the ball to a diving Caty Butler who headed home to tie up the score at three.

"These ladies came off a tough loss two nights ago to Virginia Beach and then to go down early on two quick goals, I’m so happy for them," continued Stoneman. "We only had 12 field players for this game but I told them everyone here is a 90 minute player. I’m so happy for them come out of this game with a point."

Fredericksburg (1-5-3) returns next weekend against the Valkyries (2-5-1) on Saturday July 6 at 4 p.m. ET at DePaul Catholic High School. The New Jersey Wildcats (3-5-1) will host the Impact on Sunday July 7 at 4 p.m. ET at Saint John Vianney High School.