The Western New York Flash came out flying after the international break to beat the Orlando Pride 1-0, securing their third win in a row, all at home in Rochester.
Makenzy Doniak opened the scoring for the Flash in just the 3rd minute of play. Jessica McDonald played Doniak in with a great through ball, and Doniak fired a shot that hit the inside of the far post and went in.
Orlando thought they had equalized in the 21st minute, when Jasmyne Spencer hit a header from teammate Laura Alleway into the back of the Flash’s net, but the goal was called off after the referee discussed it with his assistant and Spencer was called offside.
After the halftime break, the Pride had numerous chances to level the score, but could not beat the WNY backline and keeper Britt Eckerstrom. On the other end of the pitch, Ashlyn Harris made a number of great saves herself to keep her team in the game, including a diving save on a shot from Samantha Mewis in the 66th minute.
Alex Morgan was looked at by a trainer after being taken down on a challenge by Elizabeth Eddy in the 70th minute. She was waved back onto the field shortly after and played out the rest of the match.
Next up for the Flash is a home match on Friday, June 17 against the Portland Thorns. The Pride will travel to Washington to play the Spirit next Saturday, June 18.
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