Facebook
Twitter
Newsletter

The Official Website of

WNY FLASH

News

Flash Rally for Dramatic Draw in Houston

07/30/2016 10:46 PM -

FLASH RALLY FOR DRAMATIC DRAW IN HOUSTON

Goals by McDonald and Williams Lead WNY Back From 2-Goal Deficit

 

HOUSTON, TX (July 30, 2016) --- The Western New York Flash (8-5-2) looked as though they were about to leave Houston without any points, but came away with a stunning 3-3 tie after Lynn Williams scored the equalizer in stoppage time against the Houston Dash (3-7-3).

 

The Flash got off to a fast start in Houston as Abby Dahlkemper fed a looping cross across to the far side of the 18-yard box to the waiting foot of Williams. Lianne Sanderson took in Williams’ one-touch pass and buried it past the outstretched hand of Houston’s keeper, Bianca Henninger.

 

The lead was almost stretched to two as Williams crossed a ball in front of the Houston net in the 7’, but Henninger made the save on a ball that was misplayed by Jessica McDonald.

 

Houston started to settle after the opening ten minutes, pushing the ball forward and using crisp passing to enter the box and apply pressure on Flash goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland. Eventually, the Dash added a tally to the scoreboard in the 31’ as Rachel Daly fired a rocket from well outside of the 18-yard box that flew into the top left corner of the Western New York net.

 

The match remained knotted at one apiece as the first frame came to a close, but the Dash came out of the locker room and almost immediately went up by a goal in the second half. Kealia Ohai took a pass from the Houston side of the field in the 47’, ran about 75 yards, and then used a quick deke to beat her defender and put the ball past Rowland.

 

Ohai scored her second of the match just fifteen minutes later, as Stephanie Ochs ran deep into the corner and eventually fed a long ball over everybody to the far side of the 18-yard box, where Ohai was waiting to fire a shot that deflected off of a Flash defender and into the back of the net.

 

The three goals scored by the Dash marked the first game where the Flash had allowed three or more since the home opener on April 29th, when the Flash lost to the hands of Washington, 3-0.

 

The Flash, hungry to cut the deficit, were able to settle themselves and play for possession before Liz Eddy fed a ball up the field and past Houston’s back line, where Williams chased it down and fed a quick pass through the legs of a Houston defender for the waiting foot of McDonald. Henninger stood no chance as McDonald fired buried the ball into the top of the netting to cut Houston’s lead to one.

 

Head coach Paul Riley used a couple of substitutions soon after McDonald’s goal to bring a spark to the visiting side, who were dealing with the abnormally high temperatures of Texas and looked a bit fatigued at times.

 

The Flash entered stoppage time still trailing by a goal, and Houston seemed to be soaking up the clock. In the third minute of stoppage time, Dahlkemper fed a near-perfect ball from half-field to McDonald, who used a header to quickly feed it across the box to a streaking Williams. In an astonishing sequence of events, Williams put the ball past the waiting hands of Henninger and tied the game at 3 with just seconds to play.

 

Williams and McDonald continue to show that the dynamic duo can perform at a high level. Williams now leads the National Women’s Soccer League with eight goals, while McDonald sits in sole possession of second place with seven of her own. In addition, McDonald sits on top of the NWSL leaderboard in assists, with six, after being credited with the helper on Williams’ equalizer.

 

With the draw, the Flash (26 pts) currently sit in a tie for second place with the Washington Spirit (26 pts). Portland Thorns FC (29 pts) sit in sole possession of first place after they defeated Seattle on Saturday evening, 1-0. Washington’s match against Sky Blue FC was postponed to July 31st at 11:00 a.m. ET.

 

The Flash, along with the rest of the National Women’s Soccer League, will take about a month’s break for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Western New York has four players competing in the Games: Sabrina D’Angelo (Canada), Abby Erceg (NZ), Alanna Kennedy (AUS), and Samantha Mewis (USA). All four players will begin competition on Wednesday, August 3rd.

 

The Flash will return to action when they host the Houston Dash at Rhinos Stadium in Rochester, NY, for the annual Pink Game. The match is set to kick off at 7:00 p.m. ET. Tickets for the match are available at wnyflash.com/tickets.

 

---

 

NWSL Match Report

Match: Houston Dash vs. Western New York Flash

Date: July 30, 2016

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas.

Kickoff: 8:35 p.m. ET

Attendance: 4,329

Weather: 84° Partly Cloudy

 

Scoring Summary:

                          1        2       F

HOU                  1        2       3

WNY                 1        2       3

 

WNY – Lianne Sanderson (Lynn Williams) – 3’

HOU – Rachel Daly – 32’

HOU – Kealia Ohai – 47’

HOU – Kealia Ohai (Stephanie Ochs) – 63’

WNY – Jessica McDonald (Lynn Williams) – 70’

WNY – Lynn Williams (Jessica McDonald) – 93+’

 

Lineups:

HOU: Henninger; Privett, Brush, Roccaro, Moros; Brooks, Ohai, O’Sullivan (Heap, 86’), Ochs (Crosson, 88’); Henderson (Florio-Gavilsky, 76’), Daly.

WNY: Rowland; Eddy (Hahn, 71’), Dahlkemper, Niemiec, Hinkle; Zerboni, Smith, Doniak (Cayman, 71’), Sanderson (Hamilton, 83’); Williams, McDonald.

 

Stats Summary: HOU / WNY

Shots: 14 / 13

Saves: 3 / 2

Corner Kicks: 1 / 4

Fouls: 9 / 7

 

 

Misconduct Summary:

HOU – Heap – 92+’

WNY – Hinkle – 93+’

WNY – Dahlkemper – 96+’

 

Officials:

Referee: Matthew Franz

Assistant Referee 1: Francisco Bermudez

Assistant Referee 2: Amber O’Connor

Fourth Official: Ruben Campillo



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012

Browse by Month »

September 2018
July 2018
June 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
December 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012