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FLASH EARN POINT WITH DRAW AT BOSTON; TIE GAME IN FINAL SECONDS

06/05/2013 10:33 AM -

Deep into stoppage time, it appeared that the Western New York Flash would be on their way to their fifth 2-1 decision of the season, this time falling to the Boston Breakers on the road.  But in a thrilling turn of events, Jodi Ann Robinson gave the Flash a point with a header goal in the dwindling seconds of extra time.  It was Robinson’s first goal of the year.

With three minutes of stoppage announced, the Flash were unsure of how much life remained when Veronica Perez drew and subsequently took a corner kick from the right side.  Her cross was punched to the top of the box by Breakers’ goalkeeper Ashley Phillips, but found the feet of Flash defender Katherine Reynolds.  Reynolds then sent the ball back to the far post, finding Robinson who snuck it into the upper 90.

With the tie, the Breakers remain one point ahead of the Flash in the NWSL standings with a 3-2-3 record (12 points), while the Flash move up to 3-2-2 (11 points). 

In the 28th minute, Abby Wambach got the Flash started with her fifth goal of the season, tying her for first place in the league.  The opportunity was setup by captain McCall Zerboni when she ran through a 50/50 ball just outside the Breakers’ 18-yard box.  After gaining possession, Zerboni flipped a pass to Samantha Kerr on the right side. The Australian then lofted a cross to Wambach, who was able to head the ball into the left side of the net.

However, just like the first meeting between the teams, the Breakers scored the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead.  With under a minute left in the first half, Lianne Sanderson scored the first Boston goal when she stepped into a low cross from Heather O’Reilly and beat Adrianna Franch.

Sydney Leroux added the final Boston goal in the 64th minute when she blasted a shot from 20-yards out to beat Franch inside the left post.  Working on the far side, Leroux danced with the ball before quickly unloading on the Flash keeper, burying her shot on the near post.

But, unlike their first matchup, the Flash were able to answer the two tallies with a tying goal to pick up a point. 

Riding a three-game win streak, the Flash came out of the gates quickly and generated a chance in the opening minute.  Working on the right side, Wambach played a ball to Kerr who got behind the Boston defense and, while heading toward the net, passed low across the goalmouth to Carli Lloyd.  However, the ball got tangled up in the feet of the midfielder and she was unable to get the shot off.

Five minutes later, Leroux ran onto a ball from Sanderson but her shot attempt was deflected out of bounds by Franch.

Wambach came close to a second score a number of times, hitting the crossbar on two separate occasions in the game.  In the 18th minute, Wambach took a hard shot with her left foot that got past Phillips but hit the bar to stay out.  In the second half, Wambach nearly tucked the ball into the far corner, but it was just a bit too long and hit the crossbar again.

Minutes before the opening goal, Zerboni battled for possession inside the Boston box, drawing three Breakers defenders.  Though the ball was poked away, it went right to the feet of Wambach who sent a hard left-footed shot that was snagged by Phillips.

Lloyd looked to pick up her first goal in a Flash uniform in the 38th minute, when she had a shot opportunity off a corner kick.  But Phillips was able to dive to the right and grabbed Lloyd’s shot in midair.

Looking to make it a two-goal advantage, Boston’s Katie Schoepfer caused Franch to make a spectacular save in the 76th minute on a free kick.  On a steep angle from the left side, Schoepfer’s set piece blistered through the Flash defense but Franch was able to deny the bid.

Robinson, who entered as a substitute in the 72nd minute, nearly tied the game in regulation with a header in the 85th minute. After Vicki DiMartino generated a corner kick for her team, Lloyd’s cross ultimately found Robinson on the far post but her attempt was stopped on the line by a Breaker defender.

Both Franch and Phillips ended with three saves in a game that was balanced throughout.  Boston held a slight edge in shots (13-12), while both had five shots on goal.  The Flash, however, had six corners kicks to Boston’s two, including all four that were awarded in the second half.

Now unbeaten in their last four games, the Flash will head to New Jersey to face league leading Sky Blue FC.  The two teams have split in two meetings this season, with Sky Blue winning 1-0 in the season opener but the Flash were victorious on May 1st with a 2-1 win.  It remains Sky Blue’s only loss of the season.

Goals 1 2 F
Western New York (3-2-2) 1 1 2
Boston (3-2-3) 1 1 2

Scoring

Summary      
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1 28 Western New York Abby Wambach Samantha Kerr
2 44 Boston Lianne Sanderson Heather O'Reilly
3 64 Boston Sydney Leroux Lianne Sanderson
4 94+ Western New York Jodi-Ann Robinson Katherine Reynolds
Cautions and Ejections        
Time Team ## Player Card Reason
58 Boston 20 Mariah Nogueira Yellow Card Reckless Foul
75 Western New York 13 Brittany Taylor Yellow Card Reckless Foul
Substitutions      
Time Team Out In
46 Boston #9 Heather O'Reilly #17 Kyah Simon
72 Western New York #8 Adriana Martin #23 Jodi-Ann Robinson
78 Western New York #4 Samantha Kerr #15 Vicki DiMartino
82 Western New York #6 Angela Salem #17 Veronica Perez

 



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