In a critical East Conference battle, New York Surf Soccer Club visits New Jersey Copa FC in a United Women’s Soccer match-up at Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel, N.J. at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

The outcome carries heavy implications in the standings, where first and fourth place are separated by three points. New Jersey Copa FC (4-1-0, 12 points) and NY Surf (3-1-1, 10) in third and fourth place in the table, respectively, with the other two teams being the Long Island Rough Riders (4-0-1, 13) and the New England Mutiny (4-2-0, 12).

Long Island and New England are off this weekend, meaning that NY Surf would find itself in a first-place tie with the Rough Riders if they are able to get three points from New Jersey Copa FC.

NY Surf enters this weekend on the heels of a 5-0 home victory over the New York Magic. Furtuna Velaj registered two goals and Erica Murphy scored in her third consecutive match. Goalkeeper Colleen Hickey recorded the clean sheet, while NY Surf saw outstanding form across its backline of Totianya Guadalupe, Brooke Salmon, Hannah Uhlan and Amy Marron.

New Jersey Copa FC is riding a three-game winning streak, defeating the Western New York Flash last weekend, 3-1. NY Surf will be looking to hand New Jersey Copa FC its first home loss of the season as it is unbeaten in two games.

After playing New Jersey Copa FC, NY Surf returns home to Reinhart Field, hosting the Lancaster Inferno at Saturday at 2 p.m.