WNY Flash and Chicago Red Stars Draw with Last Minute Flash Goal
It was a wild Wednesday in Lisle, IL for WNY Flash and Chicago Red Stars, as they engaged in a thrilling game that ended in a draw 2-2.
It was an aggressive match from the start, with Chicago opening scoring within the first minute. A shot bounced off the crossbar and midfielder Alyssa Mautz was in the right place at the right time, heading the ball past Flash goalkeeper Adriana Franch to give the Red Stars an instant 1-0 lead.
But that glorious start for the Red Stars would prove to be short lived. Flash forward Vicki DiMartino charged with incredible speed to beat Chicago’s back line and crossed to forward Adriana Martin. She put the ball in to equalize in the 12th minute.
It was tug o’ war after that, as both teams combated for possession and created several chances to score between them. Finally, right before the end of the half, Chicago midfielder Leslie Osborne headed the ball in to pull the Red Stars ahead 2-1.
The second half got underway and stretched on with no one able to score. Then, as the magic 89th minute drew close and it looked as if the Red Stars would break the Flash’s unbeaten streak, Flash defender Brittany Taylor stepped up and sent the ball flying past Red Stars goalkeeper Taylor Vancil to draw.
- CHI- Mautz 1’
- WNY- Martin (DiMartino) 12’
- CHI- Osborne 40’
- WNY- Taylor (Sahlen) 89’
The Top of the Table Battle to Scoreless Draw
Sky Blue FC and the Portland Thorns faced off at Yurcak Field in NJ Saturday night, and after a long and aggressive game, ended in a 0-0 draw.
Both teams matched each other in skill and speed, creating several opportunities to score between them. The defense was untouchable at both ends of the field. Sky Blue star striker Lisa De Vanna, known for putting away dangerous shots, met her match with Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc. Sky Blue’s goalkeeper Brittany Cameron was on point as well, discouraging any shots that came her way.
Despite numerous attempts, the final whistle sounded and the NWSL power houses had to settle on a draw.
“Stepping off the field, it was disappointing because I think we had the upper hand, especially in that last 15-20 minutes,” Sky Blue FC captain Christie Rampone told reporters. “They did a good job of slowing down the game and trying to unsettle us. It’s tough not to come away with three points today, so we’ll take the tie and go to Portland next time to hopefully come out with a better result.”
Seattle Reign and WNY Flash End Game in…You Guessed it, a Draw
The Reign and Flash met Sunday at Sahlen Stadium in New York, concluding the match in a 1-1 draw (is anyone else noticing a pattern this week?).
Abby Wambach returned to the Flash coming off a historic night with the U.S. WNT on June 20 where she surpassed Mia Hamm’s goal scoring record with 160 total career goals. The Flash came out roaring at the start, but Seattle, who has yet to win a game this season, powered through and with Megan Rapinoe making her NWSL debut, yearned to shake league standings up.
Their perseverance paid off, and Seattle got on the board first in the 28th minute. Midfielder Keelin Winters took a shot at the goal, but the ball deflected off Flash defender Estelle Johnson. Thrown off, Franch didn’t see the ball coming, and it flew past her to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
They kept that lead well into the second half, but the Flash equalized in the 56th minute off a penalty kick. A scramble between Wambach and defender Kiersten Dallstream resulted in Wambach hitting the ground and Dallstream receiving a yellow card. Wambach took a shot at the net and it shaved the crossbar before falling in past goalkeeper Hope Solo.
- SEA- Winters (Noyola) 28’
- WNY- Wambach (PK) 56’
Cheney Leads FC Kansas City to Victory Against Washington Spirit
It was an exciting game to say the least, as Kansas City defeated Washington Spirit in front of 3,057 fans in Overland Park, KS on Sunday.
Forward Lauren Cheney scored a brace that cemented the win for Kansas, but Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris notably took on a total of 18 shots from Kansas, as her physical and mental prowess was pushed to the brink.
Midway through the first half, Cheney received the ball from midfielder Jen Buczkowski and sent a powerful shot towards Harris from 24 yards out. Harris made a dive for it, grazed it with her hands, but it was too strong, and she was unable to keep the ball out.
The winning goal came in the second half at the 67th minute. Defender Merritt Mathias saw Cheney wide open, and it was a no brainer. The game ended with a clean sweep for Kansas City.
- KAN- Cheney (Buczkowski) 18’
- KAN- Cheney (Mathias) 65’
League Standings- Week 11
|1.||Sky Blue FC||12||8||2||2||26|
|2.||Portland Thorns FC||12||8||2||2||26|
|3.||Western New York Flash||11||5||2||4||19|
|4.||FC Kansas City||11||6||4||1||19|
|6.||Chicago Red Stars||11||3||5||3||12|
|8.||Seattle Reign FC||11||0||9||2||2|