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July 5, 2013

Soccer Notes: WNY Flash lose, FC Buffalo & Revs prep for playoffs

Niagara Gazette — The WNY Flash’s unbeaten streak ended at nine games on Independence Day, with the Flash falling by 1-0 to the Chicago Red Stars in a holiday matinee at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

The only goal of the match came in the 58th minute, when Chicago captain Lori Chalupny’s shot beat WNY goalkeeper Adrianna French.

The Red Stars (4-6-3) shut down the Flash with a defense that prevented the visitors from putting a shot on goal in the second half.

The Flash (6-3-4) next travel to play FC Kansas City on Sunday at 3:10 p.m. 

FC Buffalo, Empire Revs prepare to wrap regular season

Two Western New York teams will conclude their regular seasons this weekend.

On the men’s side, FC Buffalo (7-3-0) travels to Zanesville, Ohio tonight to face Zanesville Athletic. The Blitzers, who have already clinched a spot in the National Premier Soccer League playoffs, were victorious in their two previous meetings against Zanesville earlier this season, winning 2-1 at home on opening night, May 10, and then winning 2-0 on the road June 2. 

FC Buffalo then hosts Detroit City FC on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. at All-High Stadium in Buffalo. Sunday’s regular season home finale marks the team’s inaugural “Family Day.” Several family-oriented guests have been invited to provide information and interactive fun including the Buffalo Museum of Science, Explore and More Kids Museum, WNY Immediate Care and H & R Block. Food will be provided by Black Market Food Truck, Amy’s Truck and Cold Stone Creamery of Orchard Park.

Meanwhile, the Empire Revs women’s team has clinched first place in the Women’s Premier Soccer League Mid-Atlantic Division and will seek to secure home field advantage in the playoffs when they host FC Westchester at the University at Buffalo, Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Revs clinched their division with two victories last weekend, defeating Syracuse at home, 4-2, then beating Tri-City Celtic in Albany by a score of 4-1. The Revs’ roster features several local college soccer players including Hayley Besaw (Niagara), Dani Harner (Medaille), Molly Curry (St. Bonaventure), Bri Smith (Canisius), Kassidy Kidd (University at Buffalo), Megan Giesen (UB) and Sarah Moore (UB).

The WPSL playoffs begin July 13.

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