ROCHESTER, N.Y. (May 11, 2014) – In the first meeting of the 2014 campaign, Sky Blue FC (1-3-3, 6 points) was defeated 2-0 by the Western NY Flash (3-1-1, 10 points) on Sunday afternoon at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y. Flash forward Abby Wambach scored both goals as the club now moves into second place in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) standings.
Both teams were without key starters for the matchup. For Sky Blue FC, Australian defender Caitlin Foord and Japanese midfielder Nanase Kiryu were absent due to national team commitments for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup in Vietnam. For Western NY, midfielder Samantha Kerr and goalkeeper Lydia Williams were both called into camp for the Australian Women’s National Team.
The Flash were also without midfielder Carli Lloyd as she served the second game of her two-game suspension for an incident involving midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo during the match on April 19 against the Chicago Red Stars.
The first half was evenly matched as both teams had four shots each with two on goal. The Flash had the first dangerous look in the 4th minute when forward Sonia Bermudez chipped a ball to Wambach inside the box. Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Brittany Cameron, who earned her third consecutive start for the New Jersey club, denied Wambach’s shot.
Wambach would have another look in the 7th minute when midfielder McCall Zerboni served a long ball to Wambach. Located just outside the top of the box, Wambach chested the initial pass then volleyed the ball straight to Cameron.
In the 31st minute, Sky Blue FC was given a free kick after Zerboni committed a foul. The free kick was played just inside the six-yard box, and Flash goalkeeper Kelsey Wys came off her line to punch it away for a corner.
Both teams had a few more looks on net before going into the locker room, but the Flash would strike first early in the second half.
Freels was called for a foul about 25 yards out on the left side of the field in the 48th minute. Midfielder Vicky Losada took the free kick for the Flash and played the ball into the box. Wambach made a run inside the six and headed it home for her first goal of the season.
In the 59th minute, a collision between Bermudez and Sky Blue FC midfielder Taylor Lytle would force Lytle out for the rest of the match.
The Flash would get on the board one more time before the end of the contest in the third minute of added time. Sky Blue FC was pressing numbers up into the box looking to equalize before the final whistle. A loose scramble would eventually roll into Wys’ hands. Wys then made a huge punt downfield that was chased down by Wambach. Wambach was able to beat Nicks to the ball and chip it over Cameron for her second goal of the match.
Sky Blue FC was outshot 9-7 by Western NY, and the NJ club did not have a shot on goal in the second half. Cameron recorded four saves for Sky Blue.
Sky Blue FC’s next match is on Wednesday, May 21 on the road as the squad takes on the Washington Spirit for the first time this season. Sky Blue FC returns home on Wednesday, May 28 to host the Chicago Red Stars. Visit tickets.skybluefc.com or call 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849) to purchase your seat.
Western NY Flash vs. Sky Blue FC
May 11, 2014 – Sahlen’s Stadium
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WNYF – Wambach (Losada) 49
WNYF – Wambach (Wys) 93+
WNYF – Wys, Reynolds, Taylor, Williamson, Edmonds; Barczuk (Martin 46), Losada (Wetzel 89), Salem, Zerboni; Bermudez (Spencer 71), Wambach
Substitutes Not Used: Haracic, Kete, Palmer, Verloo
SBFC – Cameron, O’Hara, Goodson, Rampone, Levin; Lytle (Hayes 62), Freels (Johnson 69), Nick, Schmidt; Filigno (Morris 87), Ocampo
Substitutes Not Used: Cutshall, Loyden, Stanton, Thompson
WNYF – Williamson 52 (yellow)
SBFC – Morris 91+ (yellow)
Referee: Elvis Mahmutovic
Assistant Referees: Kathryn Nesbitt, Molly Cunningham
Fourth Official: Christopher Trottier