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Flash Host Undefeated Chicago Saturday

06/05/2015 1:42 PM -

After a bye week, the Western New York Flash will return to action on Saturday night when it hosts top-seeded Chicago Red Stars at 7 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium.

About the Matchup
The Flash will look to be the first to hand the Red Stars a loss this season, as Chicago enters Saturday’s match with a 4-0-3 record. The Flash have not lost a game at home to Chicago in the previous two NWSL seasons and went 1-1-1 against the Red Stars in 2014.

The Flash will see the return of Chantel Jones between the pipes, after the goalkeeper served a one-game suspension during the Flash’s last contest. With Sabrina D’Angelo still recovering from a right AC joint injury, the Flash has called up amateur goalkeeper Annie Brunner.

Brunner, 23, stood out during her collegiate career at Colorado University as one of the program’s greatest all-time goalkeepers. Starting every season since her freshman year, she received many national and conference recognitions such as Big 12 Newcomer of the Week and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. After ending her senior year (2013) with career-best figures with 87 saves, 3.78 saves a game and 14 wins, she signed with FC Neunkirch of the Switzerland Nationalliga A.

Where to Watch
Saturday’s match will be streamed live on YouTube and can be watched by clicking the link here.  Fans can also follow live play-by-play at the Flash's official Twitter page, @WNYFlash, and can join the conversation by using the hashtag #WNYFvCRS.

Flash Last Game
The Western New York Flash was last on the field on May 23, when it defeated the Washington Spirit 3-2 at Sahlen’s Stadium. The Flash and Spirit had a back-and-forth game, as the two teams exchanged goal-for-goal throughout with Jasmyne Spencer’s 57th minute goal proving to be the difference.

Lynn Williams opened the scoring with her first professional goal in the 11th minute, and Samantha Mewis added her second of the season in the 35th minute. Crystal Dunn scored both goals for the visiting Spirit.

Chicago Last Game
The Red Stars remained undefeated, as it picked up a point on May 30 in a 0-0 draw against Seattle Reign FC. The Red Stars were able to get eight shots off but could not get past Seattle goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer.

Game Promotions
The Flash’s third-annual “Race Game”, presented by Watkins Glen International (WGI) will be hosted Saturday night. The Flash will be wearing specialty jerseys adorned with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen logo on the front and the WGI logo on the back. Sahlen’s Six Hours is an annual race sponsored by the Flash’s parent company, Sahlen Packing Co., at The Glen.

The jerseys will be raffled off postgame, with all proceeds benefiting Golisano Children’s Hospital. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Flash Shack from the time gates open through the end of halftime.

WGI will also be sponsoring a race-themed halftime event that is open to fans age 8-16. Pre-registration for the halftime event, which is required, can be found here.

Tickets for Saturday’s game, and all 2015 home games, can be purchased online by visiting wnyflash.com or by calling the Flash at (716) 655-PLAY or the Sahlen’s Stadium Box Office at (585) 454-KICK.

Next Game
The Western New York Flash return from the 12-day FIFA Women’s World Cup break on the road, as the team travels to face the Houston Dash at 8:30 p.m. ET on June 20.

Sam’s Jamz
Get prepared for Saturday’s match with Sam’s Jamz: Volume 4, a pregame playlist put together by Flash midfielder Samantha Mewis!

Annie Brunner
Position: Goalkeeper
Date of Birth: 01/31/1992
Hometown: Arvada, Colo.
Height: 5-9
College: University of Colorado
Citizenship: USA

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