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Flash Give Sky Blue First Home Loss of Season

July 17, 2011 - Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) - Western New York Flash News Release

Piscataway, N.J. (Sunday, July 17, 2011) - Sky Blue FC (3-5-4, 13 points) saw its franchise record home unbeaten streak of six games come to an end on Sunday night at Yurcak Field, suffering a 2-0 defeat to the Western New York Flash (7-2-2, 23 points) in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) action. An own goal and a tally from second half substitute Beverly Goebel provided the two scores for Western New York on the evening, firmly cementing the team in second place on the WPS table. Sky Blue FC, donning pink kits in observance of PUMA'S Project Pink initiative, engaged in a battle for possession with the Flash throughout the opening half of the match. In the 34th minute, Sky Blue goalkeeper Jenni Branam was handed a yellow card for a hard foul on Flash striker Christine Sinclair just outside the 18-yard box. However, the Flash were unable to capitalize on the free kick as it sailed high of the frame.

Sky Blue FC received its first true scoring opportunity in the 37th minute after forward Casey Nogueira started a run from the left flank and slipped the ball in behind the back line to Adriana, creating a 1v1 situation with goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. The Spanish striker then attempted to slot the ball past Harris, but the former Tar Heel was able to make a diving save of the shot. A second yellow card was issued in this match in the 43rd minute, with Flash captain Becky Edwards being given the caution. On the play that resulted in the infraction, Edwards charged towards a shot that was bouncing to Branam, and she then ran into the Sky Blue FC goalkeeper after she scooped up the ball. The second half of this match saw the battle for possession continue, and the game picked up it's tempo with the Flash's substitutes. Kandace Wilson, Beverly Goebel, and Kaley Fountain all impacted the game after coming in off the bench. The first notch of the match finally came in the 81st minute, with the Flash being the beneficiary of an own goal. Wilson, who came in as a striker, placed a driven ball across the goal mouth. Sky Blue FC defender Carrie Dew tried to deflect the ball out of harm's way, but her clearance attempt redirected toward the Sky Blue FC goal and sailed over the head of Branam to give the Flash a 1-0 advantage.

Western New York was then able to add on an insurance goal in the 87th minute, stretching the gap to 2-0 on a play that started off the foot of Fountain. She sent a cross to the mouth of the goal where Sinclair was waiting. The Canadian international slotted the ball back on an angle and there awaiting the feed was Goebel. The Flash midfielder was positioned perfectly to receive the cross, and she immediately sent it into the back of the net. Sky Blue FC continued to fight as the waning minutes ticked off the clock, but the host team was unable to get on the board. After 90 minutes of action had concluded, Western New York found itself a 2-0 victor.

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