The Official Website of



Flash Earn Draw in Home Finale

08/27/2016 8:16 PM -


Club Fights Back From Two One-Goal Deficits to Earn Points


ROCHESTER, NY (August 27, 2016) --- The Western New York Flash (8-5-3) entered Saturday night’s match looking to put some distance between themselves and the fourth-place Chicago Red Stars as the playoffs draw closer. To do so, they would need to defeat the Houston Dash (3-8-4) at Rochester Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY.  Despite fighting back from two one-goal deficits, the Flash could not muster a win at home, playing to a 2-2 draw in front of 6,449 fans.  


The game began with the Flash wasting little time in getting started. In the first minute of play, Lynn Williams put one just over the crossbar, just missing on the first chance of the night.  Williams led two other golden opportunities in the fourth and sixth minutes of play, but the Flash could not convert on either opportunity. The first came as Williams crossed a ball to Jessica McDonald whose diving attempt just missed. Then, Williams took advantage of a nice feed from Samantha Mewis, but watched as her low shot was corralled by Dash goalkeeper Lydia Williams.  


Despite the constant pressure, it was Houston that struck first in the 28th minute.  Janine Beckie fed a ball to Denise O’Sullivan, who finished her shot to give the visitors an early advantage. The Houston lead would not last long, however, as Western New York drew even in the 36’ when Lianne Sanderson was able to power a shot past Williams for the equalizer. The goal came as McDonald dummied a ball that came from the foot of Lynn Williams, allowing Sanderson to gain possession and notch her third goal in a Flash uniform.


The Flash registered the first good scoring chance of the second frame.  The 51’ saw Samantha Mewis label a shot on goal that was stopped by the Dash’s netminder. Lynn Williams followed the rebound with a blast that went just wide of the net.  Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, the Dash responded by taking the lead when Houston Captain Kealia Ohai took a shot from just inside the 18-yard box that bent around D’Angelo into the side netting.


The Flash responded moments later, again drawing even, this time in the 58’. The goal was tallied by Makenzy Doniak, who finished a beautiful pass across the goalmouth from Lynn Williams to draw the score at 2-2. The tally was Doniak’s third of the season, and also of her career. The Dash nearly took the lead yet again just four minutes later when Poliana crossed a perfectly-placed ball to the feet of Ohai, whose point-blank shot was swallowed up by D’Angelo to keep the game tied. 


With just over eight minutes remaining in the match, the Flash nearly tallied the go-ahead goal. After gaining control in the box, Taylor Smith’s shot rang off the top right corner of the frame. Smith’s opportunity was as close the Flash would get to three points as the match would end in a draw.


The match was the Flash’s last home contest of the season, bringing the season’s home record to 6-3-1. The match benefitted the Cancer Couch Foundation, a non-profit that will fund research for Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer and start a local fund at Strong Memorial Hospital for metastatic breast cancer patients. By raffling off a record-setting number of items - including game-worn player jerseys - the Western New York Flash were able to raise over $10,000 for the Cancer Couch Foundation.


With the tie, coupled with a Portland loss earlier in the afternoon, the Flash pull to within two points of the second-place Thorns with four matches remaining. Western New York will be in action again a week from tonight as they travel to take on the first place Washington Spirit on Saturday, September 3. Kickoff for the match is slated for 7:00 p.m. 



NWSL Match Report

Match: Western New York Flash vs. Houston Dash

Date: August 27, 2016

Venue: Rhinos Stadium; Rochester, New York.

Kickoff: 7:05 p.m. ET 

Attendance:  6,449

Weather: 85° Sunny


Scoring Summary:

HOU:  O’Sullivan (Beckie) - 28’

WNY:  Sanderson (Williams) - 36’

HOU:  Ohai (Unasssited) - 54’

WNY:  Doniak (Williams) - 58’


                          1 2 F 

WNY                 1 1 2

HOU                 1 1 2




WNY: Sabrina D’Angelo, Makenzy Doniak (Taylor Smith, 69’), Elizabeth Eddy (Janice Caymen, 85’), Samantha Mewis, Abby Erceg, McCall Zerboni, Lynn Williams, Lianne Sanderson, Abby Dahlkemper, Jess McDonald, Jaelene Hinkle

HOU: Lydia Williams, Poliana Barbosa, Rebecca Moros, Carl Roccaro, Morgan Brian (Rachel Daly, 68’), Kealia Ohai, Janine Beckie (Stephanie Ochs), Amber Brooks, Denise O’Sullivan, Andressa Machry, Cambria Privett


Stats Summary: WNY / HOU

Shots: 14 / 11

Shots on Goal: 8 / 5 

Saves: 3 / 6

Corner Kicks: 8 / 1   

Fouls: 9 / 6


Misconduct Summary:

HOU: O’Sullivan (Yellow) - 41’

HOU:  Daly (Yellow) - 86’



Referee:  Victor Rivas

Assistant Referee 1: Sean Regan

Assistant Referee 2: Abigail van Note

Fourth Official:  Steve Montanino

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

August 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
September 2018
July 2018
June 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
December 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012