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Wambach ends drought, lifts Flash past Sky Blue

Abby Wambach
Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach scored her first two goals of the season to lift the WNY Flash past Sky Blue FC. (Photo courtesy Mark Novak/WNY Flash)

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



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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