Western New York Flash lead NWSL 12th June 2016
Boston Breakers 1 – 1 Washington Spirit
Katherine Stengel 12′ (Washington Spirit)
Louise Schillgard 14′ (Boston Breakers)
Western New York Flash 1 – 0 Orlando Pride
Makenzy Doniak 4′ (Western New York Flash)
Western New York Flash extended their home stand win streak to three as they took down visiting Orlando Pride. Rookie Makenzy Doniak netted the game-winner to put the Flash on the top of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table with 15 points.
The Flash came flying out of the gates when forward Jessica McDonald sent a pass through the Pride defensive line for Doniak, who hit a shot that ricocheted off the far post and into the back of the net in just the fourth minute – the first of her professional career. In the 22nd minute, the Pride’s Laura Alleway jumped into Flash goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom to head the ball that Orlando’s Jasmyne Spencer tapped in, but it was waived off as an offsides call. Doniak’s goal remained the difference, despite both sides creating quality opportunities, including Spencer ripping a long range shot on frame in the first half that Eckerstrom was perfectly positioned to catch.
Eckerstrom came up with some big saves, especially in the 38th minute when she made an excellent double save. She first dove to deny the Pride’s Alex Morgan and then again seconds later when the rebound was sent back in which the Flash’s Alanna Kennedy cleared away to safety. Eckerstrom has yet to concede a goal in her professional career and extends her clean sheet streak from her college career at Penn State to now 10 matches.
Source courtesy of: NWSLsoccer
Sky Blue 1 – 1 Kansas City
Shea Groom 27′ (Kansas City)
Sarah Killion 30′ (Sky Blue)
Sky Blue FC returned to National Women’s Soccer League action on Saturday night, playing FC Kansas City to a 1-1 draw at Yurcak Field. Scoring the lone tally for Sky Blue FC in the contest was midfielder Sarah Killion, with defender Kristin Grubka claiming Pine Belt of Lakewood Player of the Match honors.
Sky Blue FC appeared to have gained an early lead in the 15th minute on a series that was started by defender Erica Skroski, who crossed a ball into the area from the right flank. As it arrived, forward Kim DeCesare put an athletic header on the feed that FC Kansas City netminder Nicole Barnhart was barely able to touch with her fingertips. The ball then deflected off the crossbar and appeared to pass the end line inside the goal, but the referee called for play to resume.
In the 27th minute, FC Kansas City was able to put the first goal of the evening on the board after midfielder Erika Tymrak sent a hard roller across the top of the 18-yard box to forward Shea Groom on her right. Groom then stepped into the distribution and struck a hard left-footed shot that found the back of the net, hanging a 1-0 score line.
Sky Blue FC quickly responded in the 30th minute after midfielder Sarah Killion sent a ball over the top of the FC Kansas City defense for U.S. international Kelley O’Hara, who was taken down inside the area by midfielder Heather O’Reilly. The referee then pointed to the spot for a Sky Blue FC penalty kick, where Killion calmly stepped over the ball and hammered it into the left-side netting to level the count at one apiece.
After the equalizing tally, both teams continued to battle frantically for the go-ahead notch. Holly made three strategic substitutions in the second half in an effort to create more offensive firepower, first bringing on British international Leah Galton and forward Tasha Kai before Australian striker Sam Kerr made her first appearance of the season in the 75th minute. Kerr had been sidelined following offseason foot surgery and immediately began to shake things up when she got onto the pitch.
Despite the determined efforts of Kerr and the Sky Blue FC attack to find the go-ahead score in this match-up, the end result after the final whistle would be a 1-1 result.
Source courtesy of: NWSLsoccer
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