The Hamilton FC Rage defeated the Ottawa Fury, 2-0, for their third straight game of earning points in the United Soccer League’s W-League on Sunday (May 27). The result gave the unbeaten Rage a record of two wins and a tie and the seven points leaves Hamilton in first place with a three point margin over the Toronto Lady Lynx.
The teams displayed some good back and forth action in the early going and at the 15-minute mark Hamilton keeper Genevieve Richard knocked away an Ottawa corner kick to keep things scoreless. A Hamilton free kick 16 minutes later also just missed the mark. Going into half time the score and shots on goal were tied, three shots each and no score.
Christina Thornton came in as a Rage substitution in the second half and her presence was felt quickly. She was awarded a penalty kick and made the opportunity count sending the ball into the net at the 63 minute mark.
The goal seemed to inspire the Rage and 17 minutes later Angelika Uremovich also found the back of the net to give Hamilton a 2-0 lead. Christabel Oduro got an assist on the goal.
Richard made several notable saves in the second half to give Hamilton its second win in a row.
Hamilton broke the Fury’s regular season unbeaten streak going back to July 4 when the team put together a record of 15 wins and two ties.
Interestingly the first three games of the season for the Rage, while all home games, were played at three different venues. The first game was played in Mississauga, the second at Ron Joyce Stadium and the latest game at Alumni Field.
HFC have the week off and return to action next Sunday (June 3) at 4 p.m., when they travel to Centennial Park Stadium in Toronto to take on the Lady Lynx. The team returns to Ron Joyce Stadium on Sunday, June 17 at 4 p.m. to play the Laval Cometes.