FLASH LOOK TO SECURE PLAYOFF BID WITH WIN OVER SEATTLE ON WEDNESDAY
Elma, N.Y. (Tuesday, August 6, 2013) – After scoring two goals in the final 13 minutes to draw 2-2 with Boston in their final road game, the Western New York Flash returns to Sahlen’s Stadium on Wednesday looking to earn some more points. The Flash host Seattle Reign FC at 7:05 p.m., just one of three teams that the Flash has not beaten yet this season. The other teams are Portland and Boston who, coincidentally, will also be in Rochester in the coming days. On Saturday night the Flash host the Thorns and the Breakers play the Flash in the season finale on August 17th.
The Flash have truly looked “at home” when on the pitch at Sahlen’s Stadium. The team is 6-1-1 when in Rochester and have outscored visitors 18-6 in those games.
In two games this year, the Flash have drawn and fallen to the Reign, earning the one point on June 23rd in front of a season-high 6,347 fans. After Keelin Winters made it 1-0 in favor of the visitors, Abby Wambach leveled with a 57th-minute penalty kick past USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo.
The clubs met again just weeks later with Seattle coming out on top by a 3-2 score at Starfire Stadium. The second meeting was a back-and-forth game, but Christine Nairn’s 82nd-minute goal broke the deadlock and gave the Reign the win.
Unbeaten in their last four games, the Flash will again have the opportunity to clinch a postseason berth. In those four games Western New York has outscored opponents 9-3 including back-to-back 3-0 shutout wins over Sky Blue FC and the Washington Spirit. With a win over Seattle on Wednesday and either a loss or draw by Chicago against Washington, the Flash will be guaranteed one of the top four spots in the NWSL standings.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd has been an integral component to the Flash’s recent success as the New Jersey native has tallied in each of the last three games. In Saturday’s draw, Lloyd tied the game in the 85th minute with a laser shot off a nifty pass from Sarah Huffman. Vicki DiMartino scored WNY’s first goal of the game in the 77th minute after coming in as a substitute. The appearance marked DiMartino’s first in six games after recovering from a knee injury.
Despite a midseason resurgence with the addition of Solo and Megan Rapinoe, the Reign were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars. Seattle’s lone goal came on a 27th-minute penalty kick from Kaylyn Kyle that, at the time, made the game 1-1. However, Chicago would tack on two more for the win.
After Wednesday’s game the Flash will remain home for their last two, first welcoming Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath, Christine Sinclair and Portland for a 7:35 p.m. game on Saturday. That night will be Camo Night as the Flash are offering free tickets to the first 50 current and/or former military members to call the Flash office at (716) 655-PLAY. Western New York will wrap up the regular season on August 17th in an 8 p.m. game against Boston that will be aired on Fox Soccer Channel.
Tickets for all Flash home games can be purchased by calling the Sahlen’s Stadium box office at (585) 454-KICK or online at wnyflash.com.
Wednesday’s game will offer $1 drafts up until kick-off, while the game will be the “Dog Days of Summer” as fans are invited to bring their dogs to Sahlen’s Stadium!
There will also be a “Puppy Pursuit” scavenger hunt before the start of the game, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration will start at 5 p.m. and fans are asked to pre-register by clicking here. A maximum of 50 teams are allowed with up to four members per team. Dogs are not required to take part in the event.
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the music of Rochester’s Last Note Band.
About WNY Flash
The Western New York Flash is one of eight teams selected to play in the newly formed National Women’s Soccer League after winning three women’s soccer championship titles in the last three years. Fans can keep up-to-date on the most recent Flash news by following the Flash’s official Twitter account (@WNYFlash) or by liking the team’s Facebook page.