The Western New York Flash closed out a three-game homestand with its first shutout of 2014, defeating Sky Blue FC 2-0 in front of 3,107 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium. Flash forward Abby Wambach scored her first goals of the season as she accounted for both home marks.
With the win, the Flash head on a three-game road trip with a 3-1-1 record (10 points) and currently sit in second place in the National Women’s Soccer League. Sky Blue falls for the third time this year, moving to 1-3-3 (6 points) on the year.
After a first half that did not see many chances, Wambach opened the scoring early into the second half. In the 49th minute, McCall Zerboni was fouled on the left side and Vicky Losada sent in a bending free kick to the head of Wambach, who finished past Brittany Cameron.
It was Vicky’s second assist of the season, and the second off a left-side set piece.
Wambach put the game away late into the second half with an injury time goal. Off a long drop kick from Kelsey Wys, Wambach chased down the ball that sailed to the opposite end of the field. The forward beat Cameron to the ball, who came off her line to collect it, and powered a shot into the back of the net.
Sunday marked Wys’ professional debut, as she got the call with Flash starter Lydia Williams on international duty with Australia. The rookie was drafted by the Flash in the Second Round of the 2014 NWSL Draft out of Florida State.
Following Wambach’s first goal, Sky Blue looked to counter when Kat Williamson was issued a yellow card in the 52nd minute. From inches outside the penalty area, former Flash midfielder Katy Freels looked to hit the left corner, but her attempt sailed wide of the net.
Vicky nearly tallied her second assist in the 67th minute, when she found Adriana streaking down the left side. Adriana, who entered as a second-half substitute, went one-on-one with Cameron but the keeper was able to parry the ball away.
Adriana had a couple long shots later in the second half, but Cameron was able hold the Spaniard scoreless.
Wambach led Western New York with four shots, all of them on target. Wys finished with two saves en route to the Flash’s first clean sheet of the year.
The Flash will head to Washington for its next game, facing the Spirit at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The team returns to Sahlen’s Stadium on May 31, when it hosts Houston Dash for the first time ever.
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