The winless Western New York Flash will hope to tarnish Sky Blue FC’s perfect record when the two teams face off in Rochester, New York on Wednesday, May 1st.
This will be the second meeting between the clubs with Sky Blue winning their April 14th affair courtesy of a McCall Zerboni own goal. Since then, the team from New Jersey has also defeated the Washington Spirit to earn their 2-0-0 record. Meanwhile, the Flash has struggled to find good form with a tie against the Spirit and a loss against the Boston Breakers.
Sky Blue will rely on the solid play of Danesha Adams in order to win the rematch. In the first match against the Flash, it was Adams’ cross that led to the game-winning own goal as Rochester failed to clear the ball properly. Against the Spirit, Adams earned an early assist after her corner kick was headed in by defender Courtney Goodson. Later in the match, the California native captured the ball at midfield before sending in a pass to Lisa De Vanna who would then find Sophie Schmidt for game’s deciding goal.
More than a team with attacking flair, Sky Blue has looked solid defensively. Christie Rampone has been a leader in the back with Goodson, Caitlin Foord and Kendall Johnson rounding out the defense. Goalkeeper Brittany Cameron has done well when called into action as she has stopped 8 out of 9 shots this season.
If the Flash are going to breakdown the defense and earn their first victory, they are going to need a strong performance from forward Abby Wambach. The US international has recently been cleared to play after sitting out against the Breakers with concussion symptoms. This will be Wambach’s first time playing in front of her hometown crowd this season and she will hope to impress.
Wambach won’t be alone, however, as she will likely lead the frontline with Samantha Kerr, who has both of the team’s goals this season. Although they haven’t shown it yet, Wambach and Kerr have the potential to be one of the best strike forces in the National Women’s Soccer League. Wambach has 155 goals in 204 appearances for the US National Team and Kerr, only 19, has three goals in 18 appearances for the Australian National Team. If the forwards are going to meet their potential, however, they are going to need support from midfielders like Zeboni and Angela Salem.
If previous games are any indication, fans will want to settle in early for Wednesday’s action since both teams have shown that they are capable of scoring quickly. The Flash took seven minutes to find the back of the net against the Breakers. Not to be outdone, Sky Blue’s latest game featured goals in the 2nd minute and the 48th minute. With one team looking to stay perfect and the other hoping to earn their first victory, Wednesday’s tilt will have an important impact on the standings.