09/22/2015 3:13 PM
With the 2015 regular season complete and the playoffs underway, we are taking an inside look at the best moments thus far in 2015.
1. Fields strikes from long distance
Date: June 6
Opponent: Chicago Red Stars
Result: W 3-1
Forward Jamia Fields swooped in from the right wing before putting the ball on her left foot and crushing a 30-yard blast into the top far corner of goalkeeper Michele Dalton’s net as part of a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars. The goal – the only of the year for Fields, the No. 14 overall selection in the 2015 NWSL Draft out of Florida State – capped an emphatic victory for the Flash, who became the first team to beat the Red Stars this season.
“I did something similar in the [NCAA] national championship game [last year], cutting in from the right and then hitting it with my left foot so I felt comfortable in the situation. I didn’t know I was that far out, but it was great to see it going in,” Fields said. “Before my first goal I was really just getting used to the league and I knew I’d eventually get my opportunity to score, I was happy to get the chance to take the shot and help out my team.”
2. Eddy’s diving header
Date: August 1
Opponent: Sky Blue FC
Result: W 2-1
Midfielder Elizabeth Eddy gave the Flash their most dramatic victory of the season when she scored in the 89th minute on a diving header to deliver a 2-1 win over Sky Blue FC. Eddy had entered the match less than 10 minutes earlier as a second-half substitute. It was the third and final goal of the season for the USC product, who also had two assists on the year.
“I had missed a header just like that the game before we played Sky Blue and when I saw the ball coming in I was like, ‘I’m not missing this one.’ It was kind of an awkward diving header, but it was really one of those where you just do what you need to do to get it in the back of the net,” Eddy said. “I was really happy to produce in games this year and I’m super pumped for next year.”
3. Jones shuts down Spirit
Date: August 12
Opponent: Washington Spirit
Result: D 1-1
Flash goalkeeper Chantel Jones made a career-high eight saves in her first appearance at Maryland SoccerPlex since being traded to the Flash. Jones kept Western New York in the match with a number of spectacular stops – including diving stops on Washington forward Crystal Dunn and defender Whitney Church – long enough to allow forward Lynn Williams to score the game-tying goal in the 90th minute as Sky Blue FC came away with a 1-1 draw against the Spirit.
“This game was really special for me because I played for Washington in the first two NWSL seasons. After giving up an early goal that I would love to have back, I needed to step up and keep my team within one goal,” Jones said. “I had a few nice saves in the second half to keep the score at 1-0 and the team did well to get the equalizer late. I am proud of our resilience in the game and the maturity that the young girls showed.”