June 25,2011 - Albany, NY - The Albany Alleycats seem to have hit their stride. After knocking off the divisional leader, Boston Aztec U23's, they beat Seacoast United 2-1. The Alleycats lost by the same score two weeks earlier.
After dominating play for a large chunk of the first half the Alleycats could not get on the end of some fantastic opportunities. At the half the score was 0-0. Eight minutes into the second half Seacoast got on the scoreboard. On a quick counter attack from midfield, Gabrielle Ransom put a perfect ball in to Karla Johnstone who was able to finish a 1v1 with Albany's keeper Megan Sleezer.
Then in the 77th minute Shayla Bergeron beat her mark on the left flank and sent a beautiful bending ball to the back post. The Seacoast Keeper, Jessica Sanderson was able to punch it but Marin McDermont got her head on that and sent it into the net for the Host Alleycats.
With time winding down and the visiting Phantoms looking to get out of Albany with a tie Collee Landes had other ideas of how the night should end. In the 88th minute after Shayla Bergeron drew a foul near the top of the 18 as her jersey was pulled going into the box. Irish Interenational Diane Caldwell stepped up and sent a whistler into the box as the ball was misleared, Collee pounced on it and ripped it into the back of the net for the game winner. With the win, the Alleycats are now in playoff contention. On Wednesday June 29th they travel to Yale University to take on the CFC Passion. Then return home after the July 4th break to take on Tony Dicicco's Club SoccerPlus on July 9th. The July 9th game will be a double header with the Alleycats U20 team. The U20's will play at 4pm and the WPSL game will start at 7pm.