Wambach's three points lead Flash in 2-2 draw
Updated: Sunday, May 25 2014, 10:38 PM EDT
SEATTLE, WA. (Sunday, May 25, 2014) – The Western New York Flash snapped a two-game losing streak but, more importantly, added its first point in the final game of a three-game road trip on Sunday night. The Flash played to a 2-2 draw at league-leading Seattle, controlling play for a majority of the contest.
The Flash held two leads in the game, going ahead in the first part of each half, but the Reign had responses in the closing moments of both 45s. The game’s final goal was scored late into second half stoppage time as Kim Little preserved a point for the Reign with a goal at the 92 mark.
Abby Wambach put the visiting team up when she capitalized on a defensive miscue by Kendall Fletcher. Inside her penalty area, Fletcher attempted a quick clear but the ball was mishit and came right to the feet of Wambach who powered a shot past Hope Solo.
The Reign closed out the first half with an equalizer that brought the game to 1-1. Veteran defender Stephanie Cox set up the goal with a targeted cross to Jessica Fishlock, who was unmarked in the box and able to volley the ball midair for the score.
Both teams only recorded one shot on goal in the first half, with both finding the back of the net.
Carli Lloyd put the Flash ahead in the 62nd minute, finishing a pass off the head of Wambach. On one of just two Flash corner kicks, Vicky Losada picked out Wambach on the far post. The forward sent the ball back across the goal to Lloyd who recorded her second goal of the season.
Facing their first defeat of the year, Little brought the game to the 2-2 final with a low, driven shot through traffic two minutes into stoppage time.
The first shot of the game was a dangerous one, as Vicky rattled a shot off the corner of the bar. Running onto a long ball from Sonia, Vicky seemed to have Solo beat but her shot was just off the mark.
Beverly Goebel nearly sneaked past the Flash defense in the 35th minute, but rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Wys came to the edge of the box to deny the one-on-one break.
Wys came up with some key plays against the dangerous Reign offense, who totaled 15 shots in the match. Early in the second half, Seattle sent Sydney Leroux on a break, but Wys was able to fall on the forward’s shot. The rookie goalkeeper denied Leroux again later on, doing well to punch a header attempt over the bar and out of play.
Lloyd looked to put the Flash ahead in the first minute of the second half. On the left side, Lloyd corralled a lofted chip from Sonia Bermudez and fired toward Solo, but her shot went wide left.
Cox nearly added a second assist in the 58th minute on a cross that was almost identical to her first-half setup. This time, the defender found Kiersten Dallstream just feet away from Wys but her header effort went wide.
Lloyd looked to double the Flash lead with seven minutes to play, dancing her way into the 18-yard box for a shot, but the ball went straight to Solo.
The Reign came inches from equalizing at the 87-minute mark, after Fishlock nailed the crossbar off a centered set piece from 25-yards out. After the ricochet, the ball came out to Goebel, but her header went wide.
The Flash, who is in the midst of a span that sees six of seven games on the road, will return to Rochester for a quick home contest against the Houston Dash on Saturday. The 7 p.m. game will be the first and only time the Dash take the field at Sahlen’s Stadium. Tickets can be purchased at wnyflash.com, by phone at (585) 454-KICK or in person at the Sahlen’s Stadium Box Office.