Niagara Gazette — The Western New York Flash ended a west coast trip with a 1-1 tie at Portland Thorns FC, a game that included late drama including a penalty kick involving one of the game’s biggest American stars.
Flash player Abby Wambach, the Rochester native, was awarded the penalty kick in the game’s 84th minute, but her shot was correctly played by Portland goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, who dove to her left to keep the ball out of the net.
Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch had to make several clutch saves in her own right, stopping Thorns striker and U.S. national team star Alex Morgan, a former WNY Flash player from the 2011 season.
Wambach scored the Flash’s only goal, in the 37th minute, while Meleana Shim responded for Portland with the equalizer just one minute later.
13,021 were in attendance at JELD-WEN Field in Portland to see the Flash improve their record to 6-4-6 and remain in fourth place in the National Women’s Soccer League. The host Thorns improved their record to 8-4-3 and keep their hold on second place in the NWSL.
Empire Revs eliminated from WPSL postseason
At the University at Buffalo’s soccer field, the first-year Empire Revs Buffalo women’s club saw their season end Sunday with a 2-0 loss to the New England Mutiny in the second round of the Women’s Premier Soccer League East Conference playoffs.
The Revs finish their inaugural season with a record of 9-3. Andrea Plucenik and Jewel Robinson scored the Mutiny’s goals, both of which came in the first half.
The Revs finish their inaugural season at 9-3.