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Edwards, Leroux, Mewis lift Flash to first victory

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On Saturday night, the younger Mewis sister had the last laugh.

It was #MEWISVSMEWIS — as it was billed all week — at Sahlen’s Stadium on Saturday as the Mewis sisters, Sam of the Western New York Flash and Kristie of the Boston Breakers, faced off for the first time ever and the Flash defeated the Boston Breakers, 3-1 in their home opener. The sisters, who played together in high school and are only 20 months apart in age, both hit the pitch strong for their respective clubs, but it was Sam who scored her first professional goal to lift the Flash to their first victory of the season.

Sam Mewis had a strong opportunity in the 22nd minute to put the Flash on the board when she pulled the trigger, but Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher was there for the save. One minute later, Mewis converted the first Flash goal of the night — and her first professional goal — with a strong leaping header off of a free kick from Becky Edwards.

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The Flash nearly netted the first goal of the match in the 9th minute when Edwards slipped a free kick into the box to Jasmyne Spencer, but Spencer was unable to get on the end of the ball for the finish.

The Breakers struck back in the 15th minute with a cross from Stephanie McCaffrey to Morgan Marlborough, who buried the first goal into the back of the net on a tap-in.

Kristie Mewis nearly put the Breakers back in front in the 27th minute when she beat Flash defender Brittany Taylor to the ball in the front of the net, but Mewis’ shot went wide. McCaffrey looked to break through the Flash defensive line in the 37th minute heading straight for the goal, but an offsides call halted her breakaway.

Nearing the end of the first half, Leroux attempted to chip a cross from Sam Mewis over Naeher, but Leroux’s shot went high and over the crossbar.

A nice team effort resulted in the second Flash goal of the night in the 61st minute when Edwards clicked the ball on to Lynn Williams, who then found Edwards again open in the box where she finished giving the Flash the 2-1 lead.

Kristie Mewis looked for the equalizer in the 84th minute with a bullet at Sabrina D’Angleo, but D’Angelo was able to make the save.

Leroux iced the game in the 87th minute when she slotted the third goal for the Flash into the back of the net off of a pass from Abby Dahlcemper.

This was the last match before the World Cup where both the Flash and Breakers will have their U.S. players.

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