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May 21, 2016
Spirit suffer first loss

Soccer News Net staff

ROCHESTER, NY. – The Western New York Flash used four goals in the first half to propel them to a 5-2 victory over Sky Blue FC at Sahlen's Stadium Saturday . Jess McDonald led the effort with a first-half brace with three other Western New York players adding to the tally.

With the win, the Flash improve to 3-3-0, while Sky Blue falls to 2-3-1.

Jaelene Hinkle crossed a corner kick into the box in the 5th minute that connected with McDonald’s head for the first goal of the evening. Sam Mewis scored her third goal of the season on a header, just out of the reach of Sky Blue goaltender Caroline Stanley, to double the Flash lead in the 19th minute. Just minutes later, Makenzy Doniak placed a ball into the box that found the foot of Lynn Williams to put the Flash up 3-0. To close out the half, McDonald scored her second of the game just before the whistle to increase the lead 4-0 going into the second half.

Sky Blue FC finally put one on the board as U.S. National Team member Kelley O’Hara fired one past Sabrina D’Angelo in the 55th minute. The Flash responded in the 61st minute as Michaela Hahn took a long pass from Hinkle in stride to score her first professional goal.

In the 87th minute, Flash forward Taylor Smith was whistled for a foul in the box. Sky Blue FC converted the penalty kick to cut the Flash lead to 5-2, but that remained the last tally for the night. Hinkle and Alanna Kennedy were each credited with two assists, and D’Angelo made three saves in the win.

PORTLAND, Ore-- – The Washington Spirit suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Portland Thorns 4-1 at Providence Park Saturday night.

Portland opened the scoring in the 26th minute, when Tobin Heath served in a perfect corner kick to the back post for Lindsey Horan to head in.

Eight minutes later, forward Christine Sinclair curled in a ball towards Nadia Nadim. Spirit goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé came off her line to clear but hit it right into defender Alyssa Kleiner and the ball bounced into the net for an own goal and a 2-0 Thorns advantage.

Heath then picked up a goal of her own in first half stoppage time as she corralled a brilliant spinning throughball from Sinclair. Heath shot it, Labbé got a hand to it and as it rolled towards goal, Heath smashed it in to make sure it crossed the line and give the home side their third goal of the match.

Washington pulled one back in the 55th minute when midfielder Joanna Lohman maneuvered away from her defender and headed Crystal Dunn’s cross beyond Adrianna Franch and into the back of the net.

Second half sub Meg Morris scored her first goal in a Thorns uniform in the 78th minute.
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