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Game 19: Flash vs. Chicago

08/28/2015 4:56 PM -

After playing its last four games on the road, the Western New York Flash will return home on Saturday night, hosting the Chicago Red Stars at 7 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium. 

About the Matchup
The Western New York Flash will look to keep a home-winning streak alive against the Chicago Red Stars, as the Flash host the club on Saturday night in Rochester.

The Flash enter the match with a 3-0-0 all-time record against the Red Stars when playing from the comforts of Sahlen’s Stadium. The Flash most recently defeated the Red Stars at home on June 6 by a 3-1 scoreline.

The two clubs will be closing out a home-and-home series, having faced each other just six days prior in Chicago where they played to a 0-0 draw. That match was a must win for the Flash, having dropped out of playoff contention with the stalemate. Chicago, however, was on the benefiting end as the draw booked the Red Stars’ first ticket to the NWSL postseason.

Where to Watch
The Saturday 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/Red Stars Last Game
The Western New York Flash was eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday evening with a 0-0 draw at the Chicago Red Stars. The first 45 minutes was hard-fought between the two teams, with opportunities on both ends of the field.

Jamia Fields, earning her seventh start of the season, had a chance off of the Flash’s first corner kick of the match. It was Fields knocking on the door again in the 18th minute, after Abby Dahlkemper intercepted a pass in the midfield. Samantha Mewis found Fields on a run, but the midfielder’s shot was punched over by Michele Dalton.

Flash goalkeeper Chantel Jones had five first-half saves, coming up with a big breakaway stop on Sofia Huerta in the 41st minute. Jones stopped Huerta on the doorstep earlier in the match, and also made a diving stop on Christen Press at the 40-minute mark.

Neither team was able to get a shot on goal in the second half, but rookie Lynn Williams generated a couple opportunities for Western New York in the later minutes. First, Williams used her speed to beat Chicago defender Abby Erceg on the left side. She tried to bend a shot to the far post, but it went just wide. Later, after collecting a long outlet pass, Williams sent the ball to Elizabeth Eddy in the middle but Eddy’s half-volley attempt went over the net.

Game Promotions
Saturday will be the Flash’s annual “Pink Game”, as the team will be raising money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The Flash will be wearing limited-edition pink kits that will be raffled off following the game. In addition, fans will be able to enter raffles for player-designed baskets as well as prize packs from sponsors. 100% of the money collected with be donated to RPCI for breast cancer research and breast care programs.

Raffle ticket prices will be as follows:

Jersey Tickets
3 for $5
10 for $10

Basket Raffles
$10 per sheet (26 tickets per sheet)

In addition, specialty pink baseball t-shirts will be available for sale at the Flash Shack.  Fans who purchase $40 worth of raffle tickets will also receive $10 off the purchase of a baseball tee or 50% off any one item at the Flash Shack.

Flash and U.S. Women’s National Team forward Sydney Leroux will also be signing autographs prior to the match, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the main concourse. Autographs will be free to fans with a valid match ticket with a limit of one autograph per person.

Tickets for Saturday’s game, and the Flash’s September 4 home finale, 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.

Group ticket discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.

Next Game
The Flash will close out the 2015 season on Friday, September 4 against Alex Morgan, Tobin Heath and the Portland Thorns. Kickoff for the final game of the season is set for 7:00 p.m. ET at Sahlen’s Stadium.

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