Professional Soccer

Flash Start Road Trip with Big 2-1 Win


PISCATAWAY, N.J.  (Saturday, August 1, 2015) – The Western New York Flash started its four-game road trip exactly how it needed to, picking up an important three points on Saturday night when it defeated Sky Blue FC 2-1 at Yurcak Field.

Tied 1-1 late in the match, head coach Aaran Lines made his final switch, putting Elizabeth Eddy in for Jasmyne Spencer. Eleven minutes after entering, Eddy broke the deadlock, heading in the go-ahead goal in the 90th minute. After a throw-in deep in Sky Blue territory, Lynn Williams collected the ball on the right side and sent a quick cross that Eddy managed to dive into, putting her team up 2-1.

Sky Blue pushed forward for the next four minutes of stoppage time, but the Flash defense was able to buckle down and secure the victory.

The Flash opened the scoring 34-minutes in when Lady Andrade scored her first NWSL goal, pouncing on a free ball inside the penalty area. Andrade, who has appeared as a substitute in the previous two Flash matches, was able to get her first goal after earning her first start on Saturday night.

It didn’t take long after the halftime break for the home team to find an answer, coming off the foot of U.S. international Kelley O’Hara. O’Hara and Sky Blue were able to break out on a 3-on-1, finding the counterattack after a Flash corner kick.  With Abby Dahlkemper as the lone defender, O’Hara sent the ball wide left to Samantha Kerr, who played back in the middle for O’Hara. The midfielder wasted no time, roofing a shot past Chantel Jones.

Jones was tested throughout the match, with Sky Blue totaling 21 shots, eight going on frame. The goalkeeper came up with some big stops, including a fifth-minute kick save on Katy Freels from point-blank range and another close-quarters stop on Kerr 27-minutes in.

Spencer, on the other end of the field, nearly added her third goal of the season but was denied by the post on two occasions. In the 14th minute, the forward carried the ball across the goal and fired back far post, beating goalkeeper Brittany Cameron but not the right pipe. Seven minutes later, Spencer connected on a cross from Michelle Heyman but her shot went off the upper-90.

The Flash (5-7-3, 18 points) continue on the road for another three matches, next heading to FC Kansas City on Saturday, August 8 for an 8:00 p.m. ET meeting.

The team returns to Rochester on August 29 when the Chicago Red Stars come to town for the Flash’s annual Pink game.  The game will feature player-worn jersey and player-designed basket raffles, as well as donated items from local businesses and sports teams. All raffle proceeds will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Tickets for the Flash’s remaining home matches can be purchased at, by calling the Flash at (716) 655-PLAY or by calling the Sahlen’s Stadium Box Office at (585) 454-KICK.

GOALS                                               1          2          F

Sky Blue FC (3-7-5)                         0          1          1
Western New York (5-7-3)             1          1          2



Goal    Time   Team                          Goal Scorer                           Assist

1          34        Western New York     Lady Andrade
2          52        Sky Blue FC                 Kelley O’Hara                          Samantha Kerr
3          90        Western New York     Elizabeth Eddy             Lynn Williams


Time   Team                          ##        Player                         Card               Reason


Time   Team                          Out                                          In
59        Western New York     #5 Samantha Mewis               #9 Lynn Williams
59        Sky Blue FC                 #13 Kristin Grubka                  #25 CoCo Goodson
68        Western New York     #21 Lady Andrade                  #10 Halimatu Ayinde
74        Sky Blue FC                 #20 Samantha Kerr                 #6 Taylor Lytle
79        Western New York     #15 Jasmyne Spencer            #20 Elizabeth Eddy
85        Sky Blue FC                 #4 Caitlin Foord                       #16 Jonelle Filigno

About WNY Flash

The Western New York Flash is one of nine members of the National Women’s Soccer League. The club won the inaugural NWSL Shield after finishing the 2013 with the best regular-season record. Fans can keep up-to-date on the most recent Flash news by following the Flash’s official Twitter account (@WNYFlash) or by liking the team’s Facebook page.