Late Saturday night, the Western New York Flash (4-5-2) earned their first win in 26 days with a dominating 5-0 performance over Portland Thorns FC. The goal total tied the record for most goals in a National Women’s Soccer League game, set by the Boston Breakers last year.
Goalkeeper Lydia Williams earned the first shutout of her NWSL career while Samantha Kerr and Carli Lloyd scored two goals each.
Williams made 17 saves, including 10 in the second half to hold off a late Portland surge and secure the shutout.
The Flash earned a major break when the defending champion Thorns’ starting goaltender Nadine Angerer was given a red card, thus ending her night. Angerer, the 2013 FIFA women’s player of the year, earned the card for an illegal challenge on Samantha Kerr in the 27th minute while the Flash led 1-0. Goaltender Michelle Betos entered the game and immediately surrendered a pentalty kick to Lloyd.
Minutes later, Kerr made it 3-0 with a header. Before the first half ended, Kerr converted on a pass from Jasmyne Spencer to extend the Flash lead to 4-0. Kerr continued her solid performance in the second half, setting up Lloyd for her second of the game and the team’s record-tying fifth.
The Flash will take the field again Wednesday at 7:30, wrapping up a three-game road trip in Houston against the Dash. The team will return home for a matchup against the Chicago Red Stars at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester on June 18.
FC Buffalo match postponed
FC Buffalo saw its match against Detroit City FC postponed Sunday after 23:21 due to lightning.
According to the team’s website, there is a tentative reschedule date that will be announced once stadium availability is confirmed.
Holders of tickets for Sunday’s game will be able to used them for the rescheduled game, according to FC Buffalo.
It’s not yet clear whether the game will pick up at 23:21 or start over.
Buffalo FC will take on Cleveland AFC Friday at 7 p.m. at Canisius College’s Demske Sports Complex.