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LI Fury win, 8-0, move closer to a playoff berth behind Simonian, Mulholland

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. -- Jill Mulholland started the Long Island Fury's 8-0 win over the New Jersy Blaze with a goal two minutes into the match. She finished it with another score with two minutes remaining.

Inbetween those goals, the Fury dominated the Blaze as forward Karin Simonian recorded her second hat-trick of the season in an 8-0 triumph as Long Island moved closer to a Women's Premier Soccer League playoff berth at New York Tech on Wednesday night.

The win boosted the Fury (6-1-0, 18 points) into second place past the BuxMont Torch FC (5-3-0, 15) in the Tri State Division.

Fury coach Paul Riley said that he was "happy with where we are right now as we approach playoff time. We certainly need to pay some attention to important details but I feel the squad is starting to gel in time for some massive games ahead."

Long Island left very little to chance in this encounter as Mulholland (Levittown, N.Y.) beat two players inside the penalty area before slipping a shot under the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead two minutes into the match.

Kerri Cavallo (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) celebrated her return from U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team duty as she tallied her second goal of the season with a tally after 26 minutes.

Simonian (Westbury, N.Y. closed out the opening half by scoring off a stunning shot on the final kick of the half for a 3-0 advantage at intermission.

"We scored early and late in the first half and we were able to control the tempo of the game," Riley said. "It wasn't pulsating soccer but we played some clean, sharp stuff."

The Fury continued its onslaught in the second half as Bri Hernandez (Islip Trerrace, N.Y.) and Boston College bound forward Rosie DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.) quickly scored goals for a 5-0 lead.

Simonian slotted home a breakaway to make it 6-0 in the 61st minute before she completed her second hat-trick of the season with a goal in the 82nd minute.

Mulholland, who started the Fury assault in the second minute, struck a lazer from 30 yards to complete the scoring in the 88th minute.

"The last goal was worth admission," Riley said. "It was a brilliant strike. For all the scoring we did tonight I thought our best player was Syracuse defender Rachel Blum [Lindenhurst] who has become a massive part of our team this year."

The Fury will visit FC Bucks on Saturday at 2 p.m. before returning home to host the New York Athletic Club in their regular-season home finale on Sunday, July 7. Long Island will close out its 10-game regular season at the Blaze at Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham on Wednesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Long Island Fury results

Sunday, June 2 -- LI Fury 3, FC Bucks 1

Wednesday, June 5 -- LI Fury 5, BuxMont FC 0

Sunday, June 9 -- LI Fury 2, FC LVU Lady Sonics 0

Wednesday, June 12 -- LI Fury 2, LVU Lady Sonics 1

Sunday, June 16 New York Athletic Club 4, LI Fury 0

Wednesday, June 19 -- LI Fury 4, BuxMont Torch FC 0

Wednesday, June 26 -- LI Fury 7, New Jersy Blaze 0

Long Island Fury schedule

Saturday, June 29 -- at FC Bucks, Council Rock N, 2 p.m.

Sunday, July 7 -- vs. New York Athletic Club, New York Tech, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, July 10 -- New Jersy Blaze, FDU Florham, 7 p.m.

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