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FLASH TIE BREAKERS 2-2 IN EXTRA TIME
WNY Forward Jodi-Ann Robinson scores late goal to steal a point on the road

(June 5, 2013) – The Western New York Flash scored in extra time to tie the Boston Breakers 2-2 on Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. The Flash jumped out to an early advantage with Samantha Kerr setting up Abby Wambach for the goal in the 28th minute. However, the Breakers Lianne Sanderson would score her first goal of the season with the assist from Heather O’Reilly to tie the game just before halftime. In the second half, Boston’s Sydney Leroux would give the home team a 2-1 advantage with a long range strike. Following a cleared corner kick, Robinson would head home the equalizer with seconds left on the clock for the draw.

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
GoalScorer
Assists
Note
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

 

 

SHOTS
1
2
F
Western New York
7
5
12
Boston
8
5
13
 
 
 
SHOTS ON GOAL
1
2
F
Western New York
4
1
5
Boston
2
3
5
 
 
 
SAVES
1
2
F
Western New York
1
2
3
Boston
3
0
3
 
 
 
CORNERKICKS
1
2
F
Western New York
2
4
6
Boston
2
0
2
 
 
 
OFFSIDES
1
2
F
Western New York
1
1
2
Boston
0
2
2
 
 
 
FOULS
1
2
F
Western New York
3
6
9
Boston
0
5
5
 
Officials: 
Referee:
JohnMcCloskey  
Asst.Referee: Ross Kleinstuber; Russell Wolf
FourthOfficial: Boris Senic
Attendance: 2124

 

Western New York Player Stats
 
##
20
Name(*forstarters)
Abby Wambach*
Min
90
G
1
A
0
Sh
5
SOG
2
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
1
FC
0
FS
1
16
Katherine Reynolds*
90
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
24
Adrianna Franch*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
Alex Sahlen*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
12
Estelle Johnson*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
13
Brittany Taylor*
90
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
7
McCall Zerboni*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
10
Carli Lloyd*
90
0
0
2
1
0
0
3
0
3
1
6
Angela Salem*
82
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
Samantha Kerr*
78
0
1
2
1
0
0
0
1
1
0
8
Adriana Martin*
72
0
0
1
0
0
0
3
0
1
0
23
Jodi-Ann Robinson
18
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
15
Vicki DiMartino
12
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
Veronica Perez
8
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

TEAM TOTAL                                  990        2        2         12           5        1           0       6        2          9       4

 

Western New York Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
24    Adrianna Franch*
90
2
12
4
2
T
TEAMTOTAL
90
2
12
4
2
 

Boston Player Stats
 

##
12
Name(*forstarters)
Katie Schoepfer*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
2
SOG
1
YC
0
RC
0
CK
2
Off
1
FC
0
FS
0
25
Jo Dragotta*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
11
Joanna Lohman*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
4
Cat Whitehill*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
14
Kia McNeill*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
24
Ashley Phillips*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
20
Mariah Nogueira*
90
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
3
10
Lianne Sanderson*
90
1
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
Sydney Leroux*
90
1
0
4
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
8
Julie King*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
17
Kyah Simon
45
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
9
Heather O’Reilly*
45
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
TEAMTOTAL
990
2
2
13
5
1
0
2
2
5
8

 
Boston Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name (*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
24    Ashley Phillips*
90
2
12
5
3
T
TEAMTOTAL                                          90          2         12             5        3

 

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