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REIGN AND FLASH SETTLE FOR 1-1 TIE
Keelin Winters gives Reign the 1-0 lead, but Abby Wambach converts penalty to pull the match level

(June 23, 2013) – Playing their third game in nine days, the Western New York Flash drew a 1-1 tie to Seattle in front of a season-high 6,347 fans Sunday afternoon at Sahlen’s Stadium. The win keeps the Flash’s unbeaten streak rolling, as the team has now earned at least a point in each of its last eight games.

It was also the first game back in Rochester for native Abby Wambach who, on Thursday, became the world’s all-time leader in international goals. Wambach was honored before the game and earned a loud reception from the hometown crowd.

Down by a goal, the Flash tied the game in the 57th minute when a penalty kick was awarded to Wambach. Wambach was taken down in the box, which resulted in the second yellow card to Seattle’s Kiersten Dallstream, and stepped to the line to face USWNT teammate Hope Solo. With Solo committing to her left, Wambach hit a hard shot to the opposite side that nicked the underside of the crossbar and fell in.

The Flash jumped out of the gates quickly to begin the game, generating a chance on an opening minute corner kick that found its way to Sarah Huffman, who hit the crossbar. The rebound went to Vicki DiMartino, playing in her third-straight start, but she fired over the net.

Seattle, though without a win thus far in the year, played an aggressive game against the Flash and earned their second point of the season. The Reign were bolstered by the addition of Megan Rapinoe who made her NWSL season debut on Sunday. It was also the third appearance of the season for goalkeeper Solo, who has allowed just one goal in each game she has played.

The Flash’s goaltender was also something to talk about on Sunday, as Adrianna Franch made five phenomenal saves in the game. Though Franch had just one of her five saves in the second half, it couldn’t have been any bigger as, with the score 1-1, she denied a point-blank shot from Keelin Winters in the 85th minute. Streaking into the box, Winters received a delayed pass from Rapinoe but her shot on-the-run wouldn’t go in.

Seattle opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a goal that bounced off defender Estelle Johnson and past Franch. The shot came from the foot of Winters and caromed off Johnson on its way toward the net, tripping up the Flash keeper.

That score would hold until the end of the first half despite an opportunity for the Flash to equalize in stoppage time. DiMartino hammered a shot from the left side toward Solo, who punched it away to the opposite side but right to Huffman. Huffman, in her first start for the Flash, looked to fire it back into the middle but Elli Reed slid to preserve the Reign’s one-goal halftime lead.

Earlier in the half, defender Reynolds setup a chance for McCall Zerboni with a chip that was misplayed by the Reign defense, however Zerboni’s shot was deflected out of play.

In the 19th minute, Jessica Fishlock received a ball in the box from Rapinoe and after backing down her defender laid it out for Teresa Noyola but Franch dove to the left to keep it out.

Right at the start of the second half, Kennya Cordner nearly doubled the Reign lead when she cut into the box but her shot went off the left post. The chance didn’t end there though, as the ball bounced off Brittany Taylor and rolled back toward the goal line, but Franch smothered the ball before it could do any damage.

Midway through the second leg, the Flash had four corner kicks in a row, as they upped their pressure on the Seattle defense and Solo. On the second of four, Zerboni sent a high-arching ball in that was punched over. Then, on number three, Zerboni took a short kick from Carli Lloyd and danced her way through the defense to take a shot to the short side, which Solo punched out for the final kick. The series came to a close when Angela Salem sent a distance shot high of the cage.

In the 77th minute, Noyola nearly picked the upper 90 but her shot from the left point hit the corner bar.

Minutes later, Zerboni cut-off an outlet throw from Solo and looked to test the keeper off her line, but the attempt went high.

Following the red card to Dallstream, the Flash played man-up for the final 34 minutes of the game and generated numerous late chances with the advantage. In the 48th minute, Samantha Kerr dove to make contact on a cross from Veronica Perez but her header went straight to Solo. Both Kerr and Perez entered as second half substitutes.

One minute later, Lloyd and Wambach worked a give-and-go, with Lloyd ultimately receiving a quick pass in the box from Wambach, but Lauren Barnes slid to block Lloyd’s six-yard shot.

Canadian international Jodi-Ann Robinson entered as a 65th substitute and put herself in scoring position numerous times toward the end of the game. In the 88th minute, Robinson chested down a cross-field pass from Lloyd but her hard shot sailed wide to the left.

A minute later, Perez claimed the ball at midfield and broke out on a 3-on-2 chance with Wambach and Kerr, passing to Kerr on the right side. However, the Australian could not get enough lift of her cross to Wambach, and the Reign cleared.

In the game’s final chance, that shaped up to be much like the end of Wednesday’s draw at Chicago, Alex Sahlen sent a ball into the box that was flicked on by Wambach, falling at the feet of Robinson. She took the shot, but Solo shifted in time and positioned herself to make her sixth and final save of the half. Solo would total eight saves in the contest.

The Flash (5-2-4, 19 points) are now tied with FC Kansas City for third place in the NWSL, as the Blues beat Washington Sunday to draw even with Western New York. Seattle moves up to 0-9-2 (2 points) on the year.

The Flash end the month of June with a game at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, facing the Washington Spirit for the first time at Sahlen’s Stadium. The two teams have played twice in Washington this season, with the Flash picking up a win and a draw.

 
GOALS
1
2
F
Seattle (0-9-2)
1
0
1
Western New York (5-2-4)
0
1
1
 
 
SCORING SUMMARY
 
Goal
Time
Team
GoalScorer
Assists
Note
1
28
Seattle
Keelin Winters
Teresa Noyola
 
2
56
Western New York
Abby Wambach
 
PK
 
 
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS
 
 
Time
 
Team
##
 
Player
Card
Reason
48
Seattle
25
Kiersten Dallstream
Yellow Card
Defensive Handling
56
Seattle
25
Kiersten Dallstream
Red Card
Reckless Foul
73
Western New York
23
Jodi-Ann Robinson
Yellow Card
Reckless Foul
84
Seattle
10
Jessica Fishlock
Yellow Card
Dissent
 
 
SUBSTITUTIONS
 
Time       Team                                               OUT                                           IN
46            Western New York                  #14 Sarah Huffman                       #4 Samantha Kerr
59            Seattle                                  #26 Kennya Cordner                     #13 Jenny Ruiz Williams
65            WesternNewYork                    #15 Vicki DiMartino                       #23 Jodi-Ann Robinson
71            Seattle                                  #19 Christine Nairn                       #5 Liz Bogus
73            WesternNewYork                    #6 Angela Salem                          #17 Veronica Perez
88            Seattle                                  #8 Teresa Noyola                          #4 Kate Deines

 

SHOTS
1
2
F
Seattle
8
6
14
Western New York
5
13
18
 
 
 
SHOTS ON GOAL
1
2
F
Seattle
5
1
6
Western New York
2
7
9
 
 
 
SAVES
1
2
F
Seattle
2
6
8
Western New York
4
1
5
 
 
 
CORNER KICKS
1
2
F
Seattle
1
3
4
Western New York
2
6
8
 
 
 
OFFSIDES
1
2
F
Seattle
1
0
1
Western New York
1
4
5
 
 
 
FOULS
1
2
F
Seattle
6
8
14
Western New York
8
6
14
 
Officials: 
Referee:
 Miguel Panduro
Asst. Referee: Amanda Ross; Kathryn Nesbitt
Fourth Official: Steve Montanino
Attendance: 6347

 
Seattle Player Stats
 
##
1
Name(*forstarters)
Hope Solo*
Min
90
G
0
A
0
Sh
0
SOG
0
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
0
FC
0
FS
0
11
Keelin Winters*
90
1
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
2
0
10
Jessica Fishlock*
90
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
2
4
6
Kaylyn Kyle*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
7
Elli Reed*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
3
Lauren Barnes*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
15
Megan Rapinoe*
90
0
0
6
2
0
0
3
0
6
1
8
Teresa Noyola*
88
0
1
3
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
19
Christine Nairn*
71
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
26
Kennya Cordner*
59
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
25
Kiersten Dallstream*
56
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
2
0
13
Jenny Ruiz Williams
31
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
5
Liz Bogus
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
4
Kate Deines
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
TEAM TOTAL                            956        1         1          14            6        2           1        4        1         14     14

 

Seattle Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
1      Hope Solo*
90
1
18
9
8
T
TEAM TOTAL
90
1
18
9
8
 




W
estern New York Player Stats
 

##
20
Name(*forstarters)
Abby Wambach*
Min
90
G
1
A
0
Sh
2
SOG
1
YC
0
RC
0
CK
0
Off
2
FC
1
FS
2
12
Estelle Johnson*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
24
Adrianna Franch*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
Alex Sahlen*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
16
Katherine Reynolds*
90
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
13
Brittany Taylor*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
7
McCall Zerboni*
90
0
0
3
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
10
Carli Lloyd*
90
0
0
1
0
0
0
6
0
4
1
6
Angela Salem*
73
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
15
Vicki DiMartino*
65
0
0
4
3
0
0
0
1
2
1
14
Sarah Huffman*
45
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
4
Samantha Kerr
45
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
2
23
Jodi-Ann Robinson
25
0
0
3
1
1
0
0
2
1
1
17
Veronica Perez
17
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
 
TEAM TOTAL
990
1
0
18
9
1
0
8
5
14
12

 

Western New York Goalkeeper Stats
 
##  Name(*forstarters)
Min
GA
Sh
SOG
Sv
D
24    Adrianna Franch*
90
1
14
6
5
T
TEAM TOTAL
90
1
14
6
5
 

 
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