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2021 Fall Season

2021 Fall Season Review

Perfect Fall 2021 Season for the New York Magic

The New York Magic capped a perfect fall season last month with an undefeated 9-0 record in NYMWSL play and an opening round victory in the ENYSA State Cup tournament.  The Magic dominated league play outscoring their opponents by a margin of 72-1.  The team featured an exciting mix of returnees from the 2021 UPSL Northeast Conference Championship team as well as several talented newcomers.  

The forward line was once again led by captain Dani Perri who netted 16 goals in league play. Perri provided great passing as well as tireless energy off the ball including combination and set up play, runs and pressing.  The attacking midfield in Coach Nino’s innovative and dynamic offense was spearheaded by the quick feet and nifty dribbling of Kensia Destinvil who totaled a team leading 21 goals in fall league play.  Newcomer Emma Loving produced dominant performances on the wing with her sensational dribbling runs that resulted in 9 league goals, an abundance of assists, and attracted the attention of European scouts. Newcomer Keri Birkenhead added 10 goals playing in both center forward and midfield roles and impressed with her powerful shot and hold up play.  Shanice Robe added additional firepower to the attack, tallying 3 league goals.

Midfielder Dina Mulic added another 6 goals during the fall campaign and provided excellent two way play on both the wing and in the center of midfield.  Newcomer Maya Golowasch added versatility to the offense with two goals during the season while playing both forward and midfield, while longtime Magic contributor and midfielder Eileen McMahon added experience, leadership and a goal during the fall campaign.  Amber-Rose Petrillo once again anchored the defensive midfield with her astute ball winning ability and toughness. Eva Zamagias added depth and hustle in the defensive midfield.  Amber Mitchell provided speed, energy and good distribution on the wing while Noelle Higginson showed superb touch and vision while directing the offense from the center of the field. 

The Magic backline allowed only a single goal all season anchored by co-captain Ray-Ann Montano who also contributed a stellar header goal from a corner kick in the last game of the season.  Returnees Ashlee Thompson, Shannon Landry, and Mariko Whitenack helped to expertly shut down opposition attacks and get forward into the attack when the opportunities presented themselves. Newcomers Malya Hirshkowitz, Niamh McKevitt and Tia Briggs-Thompson all impressed with their intelligent reading of the game, positioning, and effective distribution.  Starting goalkeeper Corinne Costello and backup Julia Kelly were there to turn away anything that made it past the Magic defense and both provided impressive distribution of the ball.  

Staff, Affiliates, Friends and Family
General manager Lyndelle Phillips and Head Coach Nino DePasquali once again expertly  organized, prepared and inspired the team and staff to another successful season.  Many thanks to assistant coaches Calvin Salmon, Lisa Shaw, Jessica Reifer, scouts Aston Hinds, Mario Maldonado, and all of the families and friends who supported the Magic at various games and practices this fall.  

The Magic would like to thank key sponsors Arkema and Pebax for their unparalleled support for women’s soccer in New York City.

Current and Upcoming Schedule
The Magic is currently on winter break and after the winter thaw will return for the second half of the NYMWSL season as well as the next rounds of the ENYSA State Cup Tournament.  Please check the website for updates on upcoming indoor practices and tournaments as well as some exciting interviews and player bios coming soon

Fall Season

New York Magic Fall Season Leading Scorers


League Goals

State Cup Goals

Kensia Destinvil



Dani Perri



Keri Birkenhead



Emma Loving



Dina Mulic



Shanice Robe



Maya Golowasch



Eileen McMahon



Malya Hirshkowitz



Ray-Ann Montano 



Eva Zamagias



Noelle Higginson



2021 UPSL Season

New York Magic Overall Scoring Leaders UPSL 2021 Season

New York Magic Overall Scoring Leaders for the 2021 UPSL Spring / Summer Season

Player Goals
Kensia Destinvil 10
Dani Perri 7
Miki Abe  5
Flero-Dina Surpris 2


Invictus FC Match Report

New York Magic Crowned UPSL Northeast Conference Champions

Match Recap: New York Magic vs. Invictus FC, July 25, 2021

The New York Magic were crowned UPSL Northeast Conference Champions with a 5-1 victory over Invictus FC on Sunday at a sun drenched Reinhart Field at SUNY Maritime. After an early Invictus goal, the Magic were quick to equalize in the 11th minute when Dani Perri scored a close range header off of a Mike Abe corner kick.  In stoppage time of an opportunity filled first half, Kensia Destinvil broke through to put the Magic ahead with the first of her three goals. The second half saw the Magic take control of the game.  Mike Abe scored a brilliant goal in the 54th minute with an expertly placed long range shot taken from just inside her own half.  Kensia Destinvil added two more goals and some spectacular dribbling to complete her hat trick in the 57th and 76th minutes.  The newly crowned champions, New York Magic, end their season on a seven game unbeaten streak, finishing with an overall record of 6-1-1 in Northeast Conference play.

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Queens FC Match Report

Match Recap: New York Magic vs. Queens FC, July 18, 2021

The NY Magic finished their penultimate game of the season on Sunday with an 8-1 victory over Queens FC.  The Magic came out sharp scoring in the 4th minute of the game with Miki Abe blasting in a shot off an assist by Abaina Louis.  Dani Perri doubled the lead with a nice finish in the 11th minute.  Miki Abe then expertly converted penalties in the 23rd and 31st minutes for her first career hat trick.  After Queens FC pulled one back, Kensia Destinvil completed the first half scoring in the 45th minute.  The second half saw the Magic continue their strong play with goals by Kensia Destinvil in the 54th and 75th minutes to complete a hat trick of her own.  Dani Perri finished the scoring in the 77th minute with her second goal of the game.  The victory moved the Magic one step closer to the UPSL Northeastern Conference title with one game remaining to play.  The Magic's season concludes on Sunday, July 25th when they host Invictus FC at SUNY Maritime at 2 p.m.

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Match Recap Invictus

Match Recap: New York Magic vs. Invictus FC, July 12, 2021

The Magic finished their third game in five days with a 1-1 tie at Accelerate Sports vs. Invictus FC.  In rainy conditions, the Magic dominated the play and took the lead in the 49th minute on a goal by Danielle Perri assisted by Abaina Louis.  Invictus FC leveled the score in the second half and the Magic, with numerous opportunities, was unable to find the match winning goal.  In response to the heavy schedule load, coach Nino adjusted the starting lineup and Natalie Martinez and Gianna Finz started and provided a spark for the team.  Securing a point in what was a hard fought and physical game leaves the Magic in first place in the Northeastern Conference with two games to play.  The Magic's season continues on Sunday, July 18th when the team makes the long road trip to Roy Wilkins Park to face Queens FC at 7 p.m.

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Match Recap Weekend Roadtrip July 11th and 12th

Match Recap: New York Magic vs. Krasjisnik FC, July 11, 2021

Hot and sunny conditions in Utica did not deter the Magic from securing a 3-2 victory against division leading Krasjisnik FC in the first game of their weekend road trip.  In the first half, after a Brooke Barbuto goal for Krasjisnik FC, the Magic responded with a goal of their own by Kensia Destinvil to level the score at 1-1.  Some key tactical changes resulted in the Magic playing a strong second half.  An early second half goal by Flero-Dina Surpris gave the Magic the lead and a beautiful outside shot from Miki Abe made the score 3-1.   A controversial penalty scored by Caroline Kopp of Krasjisnik in the 88th minute narrowed the Magic's lead to 3-2.  The Magic's defense of Ray-Ann Montano, Ashlee Thompson, Shannon Landry, and Mariko Whitenack and defensive midfielder Amber-Rose Petrillo won balls, shut down passing lanes and marked key opposition players out of the game. Goalkeeper Corinne Costello made a number of key saves in the rare instances when the defense was breached. An eye opening 9 minutes of stoppage time signaled by the referee made the end of the match a tense and spirited affair with the Magic prevailing and earning a crucial victory in the Northeastern Conference.  The win moves the Magic into a tie for first place in the division heading into their second game of the weekend.

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Match Recap July 7th

Match Recap: New York Magic vs. New Jersey Wizards, July 7, 2021

On a picture perfect evening at SUNY Maritime, the New York Magic defeated the New Jersey Wizards 4-0.  The Magic got off to a quick start with a nicely taken Danielle Perri goal in the 2nd minute.  Kensia Destinvil added to the score sheet in the 17th minute and debutant Flero-Dina Surpris scored the third Magic goal in the 44th minute.  In the 53rd minute, Destinvil made it 4-0 in favor of the Magic with her second goal of the game.  The Magic was buoyed by excellent teamwork, tactics and defense in this match.  Next up for the Magic is a weekend road trip to Utica to face Krasjisnik FC and Invictus FC.  Special thanks to Magic announcer Burt Shoobs who provides our games with a wonderfully professional voice.

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Soccer Today Interview with Lyndelle

Soccer Today Interview with Lyndelle Phillips on the New York Magic and the UPSL

Click here to read Editor in Chief, Diane Scavuzzo's interview in Soccer Today with Lyndelle Phillips on the New York Magic joining the UPSL. Also included are a bit of Magic history, current goals for the club, as well as Lyndelle's expertly articulated vision for both women's soccer development and the future of women's soccer in the United States.

Match Recap June 27th

Match Recap: NY Magic vs. Queens FC, June 27th, 2021

On a windy yet pleasant afternoon at SUNY Maritime, the NY Magic defeated a strong Queens FC team 2-0 with beautifully taken goals in each half by Kensia Destinvil and Danielle Perri.  The win pushed NY Magic into third place in the UPSL Eastern Conference standings with multiple games in hand on the first and second place teams.  The Magic will look to continue their winning ways on Wednesday, July 7th at 8 p.m. at SUNY Maritime against the New Jersey Wizards.   

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NY Magic UPSL 2021 Announcement

UPSL Women Announces Northeast Expansion with New York Magic:

The United Premier Soccer League (#UPSL) announces New York, NY, based New York Magic (@nymagicsoccer ) as its newest @upslwomen expansion club ahead of the UPSL Spring 2021 season! #UPSLSpring21  

Click below for official UPSL press release:

Spring 2021 UPSL Women Welcomes NY Magic

New York Magic COVID Statement

New York Magic COVID Statement:

The New York Magic organization is committed to the health and safety of all of our players and staff.  We will be adhering to current COVID-19 protocols and will follow the most up to date guidance as issued by federal, state and local governments as well as the United States Soccer Federation's return to play recommendations.  

US Soccer PLAY ON COVID 19 Resources

Pebax Powered!

Pebax Powered!

New York Magic is now Pebax Powered!  Click on the link below to see a short video from the New York Magic vs. Japanese Selection Team game that took place at Hofstra University below:


New York Magic is Pebax Powered!



Pebax Powered

Click below to see a video of the Pebax powered New York Magic in action at East 6th Street in NYC:


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