July 9, 2016
Soccer News Net staff
Thorns drop first, Flash edges Reign
WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH 3, SEATTLE REIGN 2
ROCHESTER, NY ---Abby Erceg had a pair of goals and an assist to lead the Western New York Flash to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Reign FC at Frontier Field.
Erceg’s pair of tallies were the first two of the season for the defender. Lynn Williams tallied her league leading seventh goal of the season as Western New York (8-4-0) notched their sixth win in their last seven outings on Saturday night.
The loss ended Reign FC’s (4-4-4, 16 pts) five-game undefeated streak, and was the first loss for Seattle since May 22. It also ended Reign FC’s record-setting five game shutout streak.
Because of a conflict at Rhino's Stadium, the game was played at Frontier Field, with a field squeezed solely into the baseball outfield, making it about 100x50 yards.
The Reign opened the night’s scoring in the 23rd minute when Seattle’s Naho Kawasumi finished off a low cross from about seven yards out, giving the visitors an early one goal advantage.
The Flash equalized in the 38th minute after Jessica McDonald’s throw-in into the box was redirected by Erceg’s header to even the score at one. The Flash broke the deadlock in first half stoppage time as another McDonald throw in managed to find its way to the goalmouth. This time, Erceg used her foot to tally her second goal of the game. The goal snapped Seattle's record of 530 total shutout minutes.
Reign FC goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer was injured on the play and was replaced by rookie goalkeeper Andi Tostanoski.
The Flash added a late insurance goal in the 83’ as Erceg chipped a ball to Lynn Williams who raced past a defender and past a hard-charging Tostanoski. Pushed out wide by the Seattle ‘keeper, Williams maintained her poise and sent a long, bad-angle shot into the side of the net for a two goal lead.
Seattle get one back in stoppage time as Rumi Utusugi smashed a volley into the back of the net for her first career NWSL goal.
SKY BLUE FC 1, HOUSTON DASH 0
PISCATAWAY, NJ – Taylor Lytle 's goal in the 54th minute was all Sky Blue FC needed to defeat the Houston Dash 1-0 at Yarcak Field Saturday night.
The game-winning goal came when Lytle tested her luck outside the box and beat Dash goalkeeper Bianca Henninger at the near post. That was Lytle’s first goal of the season and that was the sixth consecutive time the Dash dropped a game with a 1-0 score.
WASHINGTON SPIRIT 2, CHICAGO RED STARS 0
BOYDS, Md. – Goals by Estefania Banini and Katie Stengel gave the Washington Spirit a 2-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars at the Maryland Soccer Complex Saturday.
The loss was the third straight by a 2-0 score for the Red Stars who fall to 5-4-3, 18pts., behind the Spirit who move to 7-2-2, 23 pts.
The Spirit grabbed the lead on the first quality look for either team. A nice give-and-go between Argentinian attacker Banini and Francisca Ordega in the 20th minute saw Banini sprint into the box left of center for a one-on-one with goalkeeper Michele Dalton, followed by a calm finish inside the far post to make it 1-0.
Stengel doubled her side’s lead in the 74th minute, less than 30 seconds after entering the match. Christine Nairn swung in a well-placed corner kick from the right and Stengel took advantage of being left unmarked by nodding the ball down and past the helpless Dalton for a simple tally from close range.
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FC KANSAS CITY 2, PORTLAND THORDS FC 1
PORTLAND, Ore. – Shea Groom scored two goals to lead FC Kansas City to a 2-1 win over the Portland Thorns FC on Saturday night in front of 16,942 fans at Providence Park.
Kansas City improves to 3-5-4, 13pts, while the loss is the first of the year for Portland (7-1-5, 26 pts).
In the 23rd minute, FC Kanas City's Erika Tymrak hit a cracking shot from distance off of the outside of the crossbar. That deflected shot fell to forward Tiffany McCarty whose cross back into the area was headed past Michele Betos by Groom, giving Kansas City the 1-0 lead.
FC Kansas City doubled its lead in the 54th minute when Groom again headed home a cross from McCarty.
The Thorns got back into the match in the 76th minute, when defender Kat Williamson, making her first appearance since April 23rd, slotted home a dribbling ball in the six yard-box.
NWSL COMMISSIONER JEFF PLUSH'S STATEMENT ON ROCHESTER FIELD
“Earlier this evening, the Western New York Flash hosted a home match at a different venue due to Rhinos Stadium not being available.
The field dimensions were not up to our standards, but due to various factors, the league office made the decision to grant an exception for this evening’s match. In retrospect, we made the wrong decision.
As a professional league, we need to ensure that the integrity of the game is always respected both on and off the field. We did not do that tonight and we apologize to the NWSL players, coaches and fans.
In the future, we will ensure that every NWSL match meets our standards.”