Western New York Flash defeat the Spirit 2-0 in front of 4,569 at the Maryland SoccerPlex

The Washington Spirit hosted the Western New York Flash on Saturday night in front of 4,569 fans, the second largest crowd in Spirit history, but couldn’t find the back of the net as they lost their fifth match of the season.

“It’s a really good crowd, nothing like I’m used to playing in front of,” said Spirit defender Toni Pressley, who made her NWSL debut on Saturday. “We have really good fans and everyone’s excited to be here and see us, and we’re really fortunate to have this big of a fan base.”

The Flash got on the board first and early with Veronica Perez scoring just nine minutes into the match off a feed from teammate Adriana Martin. Perez’s shot hit off the tip of Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris’ glove and into the post before bouncing into the net. The goal was Perez’s first of the season and also Martin’s first assist.

Viciki DiMartino netted her first goal of the season in the 35th minute by heading home a ball sent into by Alex Sahlen to give the Flash a 2-0 lead and the win.

“We just didn’t come out ready to play in the first half,” said Spirit head coach Mike Jorden. “It’s disappointing, but I think in the second half we made a couple changes and I thought the second half was good.”

The Flash will head to Illinois on Wednesday night to take on the Chicago Red Stars while the Spirit will travel to Overland Park, Kansas to take on fourth place FC Kansas City on Sunday.

Breakers are now winless in their last four matches as they lose 3-2 to first place Sky Blue FC

The Breakers rallied but couldn’t give their sell-out crowd of 2,687 a win over first-place Sky Blue FC.

Sky Blue FC and Lisa De Vanna continued their offensive-onslaught scoring just nine minutes into the match off a feed from teammate Monia Ocampo. The goal with De Vanna’s fifth of the season and Ocampo’s first assist.

Ocampo got on the board herself in the 26th minute by slipping a ball past Boston Breakers keeper Ashley Phillips to give Sky Blue FC a 2-0 lead which they took into the half.

The Breakers came out in the second half with a lot of energy and fight and got on the board in the 60th minute when midfielder Joanna Lohman headed a ball past the NWSL saves leader Brittany Cameron and cut the lead in half, 2-1.

But that didn’t last long as Sky Blue FC was at it again, this time with Katy Freels-Frierson one-timed a ball into the upper-right hard corner of the net off a nice pass from Danesha Adams. The goal gave Sky Blue FC a 3-1 lead with just 19 minutes to play.

The Breakers continued to fight and Kyah Simon headed home a corner by Katie Schoepfer late in stoppage time to bring the Boston back within one.

Sky Blue FC held on and secured the 3-2 win and three points to stay level with the Thorns.

Boston will be off for ten days before hosting last-place Seattle Reign Fc on Wednesday, June 26th. Sky Blue FC on the other-hand will host the team they are tied in first-place with, the Portland Thorns FC, this Saturday at 8:00pm EDT.

Thorns FC beat Seattle Reign FC 2-0 after second half goals by Foxhoven, Shim

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Portland Thorns Meleana Shim celebrates with teammate Danielle Foxhoven.

For 47 minutes it looked like the Reign had found an answer to the Thorns offense however second half sub Danielle Foxhoven had other thoughts.

In the 48th minute, Foxhoven hit a curling strike past Reign’s goalkeeper Michelle Betos to give the Thorns a 1-0 lead.

“Going into the season, I just had the mentality that I was going to make the most of every minute that I got and I didn’t care how much that was, whether it was 30 seconds or a half or 90 minutes, I was going to make the most of it,” Foxhoven said after the match.

Less than 20 minutes late the Thorns were at it again. Midfielder Meleana Shim, who assisted on Foxhoven’s goal, made a run down the middle, received a pass from teammate Angie Kerr, took an initial touch and then calmly slid the ball past Betos to give the Thorns a 2-0 lead and ultimately the win.

After the match, Shim described what her one goal and one assist performance felt like.. “It is incredible. All of my teammates have been so supportive and saying, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming, don’t rush it.’ It was really a great day for it to happen. Finally I was able to settle down and not force it and it just came. It was really nice.”

It wasn’t all good news for the Thorns on Sunday. Prior to the match they announced that midfielder Becky Edwards tored her ACL on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. After the match, Thorns head coach Cindy Carlow Cone said “this game was for Becky Edwards. She’s the heart and soul of this team, whether she’s on the field or not. It was so great to see everyone rally behind her and just really play for Becky tonight.”

Both teams will head across the country next week as the Thorns meet up with first-place Sky Blue FC on Saturday while Seattle will face the Western New York Flash on Sunday.

Red Stars snap FC Kansas City’s undefeated streak at home with 3-1 win

The Chicago Red Stars faced off with FC Kansas City for the second time in less than 72 hours and came out of Overland Park with a much needed 3-1 win over the fourth place Blues.

FCKC got on the board first as forward Renae Cuellar, who missed Thursday’s match recovering from a sprained ankle and MCL, netted her fifth goal of the season in the 3rd minute off a cross by Courtney Jones and put the Blues up 1-0.

The Red Stars tied the match in the 29th minute as Lori Chalupny found German international Inka Grings in the box and she headed the ball home.

The match would stay tied at 1-1 until the 58th minute when Red Stars defender Taryn Hemming sent a low hard cross to Ella Masar who one-timed it into the corner of the net past Blues goalkeeper Bianca Henninger.

The Red Stars would seal the match in stoppage time when Chalupny was taken down in the 18-yard box and earned a penalty kick. Sonja Fuss, the Red Stars other German international signee, converted the penalty kick for a 3-1 lead and securing the the win.

Next up for FC Kansas City is a home match against the Washington Spirit on Sunday at 4:10pm EDT. The Red Stars will play their fourth match in 10 days as they host the Western New York Flash on Wednesday night at 7:30pm EDT.