Abby Wambach’s first two goals of the season lifted the Western New York Flash to a 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC on Sunday at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, N.Y.
The victory was also the first shutout of the year for the Flash, with rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Wys making her professional debut in place of Lydia Williams, who is away on national team duty with Australia. Wys jumped into the record books on the offensive end, too, earning an assist on Wambach’s second goal after a booming punt downfield put the striker in on goal in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.
Wambach opened the scoring in the 49th minute when she headed in Vicky Losada’s lofted free kick from point-blank range. Losada chipped the ball in from the corner of the box and Wambach shook off Sky Blue defender Christie Rampone to earn the header from inside the 6-yard box. The assist was Losada’s second of the season. Losada debuted with a pair of goals in a win over Washington in mid-April.
A 59th minute collision with Sonia Bermudez forced Sky Blue midfielder Taylor Lytle out of the match with an unspecified injury.
With the win, Western New York ends its early May homestand unbeaten, going 2-0-1.
GOALS 1 2 F
Sky Blue FC (1-3-3) 0 0 0
Western New York (3-1-1) 0 2 2
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1 49 Western New York Abby Wambach Vicky Losada
2 93+ Western New York Abby Wambach Kelsey Wys
CAUTIONS AND EJECTIONS
Time Team ## Player Card Reason
52 Western New York 17 Kathryn Williamson Yellow Card Reckless Foul
91+ Sky Blue FC 32 Meg Morris Yellow Card Reckless Foul
Time Team Out In
45 Western New York #22 Amy Barczuk #11 Adriana Martin
63 Sky Blue FC #6 Taylor Lytle #11 Maya Hayes
68 Sky Blue FC #10 Katy Freels #5 Kendall Johnson
71 Western New York #8 Sonia Bermudez #15 Jasmyne Spencer
87 Sky Blue FC #16 Jonelle Foligno #32 Meg Morris
89 Western New York #14 Vicky Losada #3 Courtney Wetzel
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