Although her homecoming had to wait a few days, Abby Wambach made sure the Flash faithful had a night to remember on her return to Rochester as her Western New York Flash earned their first win of the season by defeating Sky Blue FC 2-1.
“These three points will hopefully do something not only for this team and its confidence, but for the confidence of its fans,” Wambach said after the match. “I know that people want to go see a winning team and that’s our job as players to continually perform so that we win games.”
The Flash got on the board first in the 6th minute as Samantha Kerr crossed a ball into the box and Adriana Martin one-timed it into the net for her first goal of the season. But Kerr was not finished there.
In the 20th minute Kerr sent a dangerous cross into the box that was deflected by Sky Blue FC’s Christie Rampone and one hopped to Wambach who sent it past Brittany Cameron. It was Wambach’s first goal of the season and ultimately the match winner.
Sky Blue FC got on the board in the 44th minute as Kelley O’Hara found Sophie Schmidt at the top of the box and put the ball past a diving Adrianna Franch to cut the Flash’s lead in half, 2-1.
The Flash continued their offensive onslaught in the second half lead by Kerr, Adriana and McCall Zerboni but the Flash could not capitalize as Sky Blue FC’s defense stepped up.
Wambach had a chance to get her second goal of the match in the 88th minute when she noticed Cameron off her line and sent a shot from about 40 yards out over Cameron’s head. The ball ended up going out of bounds just to the right of the post.
Even though the Flash secured their first win of the season in convincing fashion, their head coach Aaron Lines knows the team still has work to do.
“I thought the attitude and the mentality and the mindset was massive throughout the whole team today,” Lines said. “The cohesion was better than what its been. Obviously it needs work still. We’re a work in progress. But I’m very happy with the way we created opportunities tonight. To score two wonderful goals was entertaining football for the people tonight, and the Flash won.”
As far as the question of Wambach’s health after sustaining a head injury during her team’s match against the Spirit, her play last night all but answered that question.
“No effects from the concussion. And I really do feel so thankful that I am playing for the WNY Flash and our doctor who did a fellowship here with a neuropsychologist, is one of the best in the entire country … U.S. Soccer and NWSL and the protocol, they really do a good job of making sure you do have to be completely clear and completely free of any symptoms. I didn’t feel any different today than I would any other day.”
– Although Kerr was not credited with the assist on Wambach’s 20th minute goal due to the deflection, Kerr has been involved in each of her team’s goals this year, either by scoring or assisting.
– O’Hara picked up her second yellow card of the season in the 72nd minute. NWSL rules state a player will be suspended one match and fined an undisclosed match after collecting their fifth yellow card of the season.
– Zerboni, the league-leader in corner kicks taken, did not attempt a single one during the match; rather Adriana took all three of the Flash’s kicks.
We’ve also found a few more recaps of Wednesday’s match that we wanted to share with you …
If the vampires on True Blood played soccer, they would be the version of the Western New York Flash that turned up today. They had tunnel vision; solely focused on the ball. They connected passes effortlessly and it allowed them to gain a 2-0 lead over Sky Blue within 19 minutes with goals from Adriana and Abby Wambach. Sophie Schmidt provided a glimmer of hope for Sky Blue in the 44th minute but it was not enough as the Flash prevented Sky Blue from finding the back of the net again.
WNY Flash find first win, defeat Sky Blue FC at EqualizerSoccer.com
Goals by Adriana and Abby Wambach helped the Western New York Flash to their first victory in NWSL, 2-1 over Sky Blue FC at Sahlen’s Stadium in front of 2,127 fans on Wednesday night.
Abby makes triumphant return for WNY the Buffalo News
One of the most decorated women’s soccer players on the planet, Abby Wambach, added another chapter to her storybook career by playing as a professional for her hometown team Wednesday night when she took the field at Sahlen’s Stadium for the Western New York Flash. Not surprisingly, she did it in style.
Wambach, Flash earn first win, deliver Sky Blue’s first loss in 2-1 victory at Empire of Soccer
A shaky start was all the Western New York Flash needed to take advantage of Sky Blue and earn their first win of the season. With local girl Abby Wambach returning to her home town for the first time, the Flash pinned back Sky Blue and road her return to a 2-1 victory.
Goals by Half 1 2 F
WNY 2 0 2
SBFC 1 0 1
WNY – Adriana (Kerr) 6′
WNY – Wambach (unassisted) 20′
SBFC – Schimdt (O’Hara) 44′