05/07/2016 9:31 AM
The Western New York Flash are on the road again for its fourth match of the 2016 NWSL regular season on Saturday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. The Flash are hoping to bounce back after dropping two consecutive matches despite significantly edging teams on shots. Leading up to kickoff in New Jersey, here is what you need to know about Sky Blue FC.
Regular Season Record: 1-1-1
Goal Differential: 0
League Rank: 6th
2016 Home Record: 0-1-0
Record vs. the Flash: 3-6-1
The Sky Blue Bunker
Sky Blue FC’s last match against Houston Dash may have ended scoreless, but the Dash still managed to take 20 shots in the contest, while Sky Blue only managed to get off six. Sky Blue’s net was secured by Caroline Stanley, who came up big with seven saves in her first start for the team. While the Flash have yet to score in the run of play, they have put their opponents under fire with a league-leading 47 shots total. If the Flash continue their high-pressure style, they may be able to breakdown the bunker.
When looking back on the matchup, the results have been mixed with both teams with a pair of wins. The last time the two teams faced off, Sky Blue FC had an advantage in shots (21), but the Flash have a positive goal differential when traveling to New Jersey. In fact, the Flash have never just scored once while being shutout only twice by Sky Blue FC on the road.
Current Sky Blue FC midfielder Ashley Nick was a part of the 2015 Flash team after coming from the Houston Dash midseason. Nick returned to the New Jersey side during preseason and has made three appearances so far in 2016. In 2015, Nick played in 13 games with seven starts for Western New York while notching an assist. This will be the first time the midfielder will face her former team.
This will also be the first time that the Flash’s Sam Mewis and Jaelene Hinkle will play against their U.S. Women’s National Team companions and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions Christine Rampone and Kelley O’Hara since being called up for senior team duties in October. It will be interesting to see how Rampone will handle the Flash attack with Mewis.
Make sure to catch the game being streamed live on YouTube here.
The Flash return to Rochester on Saturday, May 21 at Sahlen’s Stadium against Sky Blue FC. Tickets are now available here.