Posted (07/26/2012) -
The Flash fell behind early in the 8th minute after NY Fury’s Allie Long scored off a corner kick. The Fury continued to control majority of the first half, and Fury goalkeeper Michelle Betos prevented any Flash chances of equalizing. The team was able to regroup at half and started to press the NY Fury at the start of the second half.
There were two key offensive substitutions in the 74th minute that helped shift the momentum in the favor for the Flash. Head Coach Aaran Lines brought on Canadian International Jodi-Ann Robinson who caused the Fury havoc from the moment she came on the field, as well as rookie Laura Heyboer. Robinson played a left footed cross to midfielder Kary Frierson who was making a run across the goal, and Frierson was able to slot it past Betos to equalize the score in the 78th minute. Just two minutes later, Frierson would play a driven ball from the left side into the box to Laura Heyboer, who beat her defender and redirected the ball out of Betos’s reach.
“[Heyboer] is a sneaky player,” Frierson said, “She made a great hard run.” Heyboer added that the pace that Frierson put on the ball made her job all that easier. “It was easier for me to redirect,” Heyboer said.
Prior to getting on the pitch, Coach Lines just told the substitutes what he always tells them when they enter the game. “He said, ‘Make an impact,’” Heyboer stated. “I try to make my 15 minutes the worst that that defender has ever seen.”
The Flash will now play in the Championship on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sahlen’s Stadium. The Flash will play the Chicago Red Stars who defeated the Boston Breakers 3-1 in the second semifinal game that followed the Flash-Fury game.
The WNY Flash play for its third straight title in three different leagues, previously winning in the W-League in 2010 and the WPS in 2011.
For tickets or for more information on the Championship match, please call 585-454-KICK or visit our website www.wnyflash.com.
About the WNY Flash
After the suspension of the WPS 2012 season, the Flash returns this year to play in the WPSL Elite League, after winning the championship last year in the WPS. The WNY Flash joined Women’s Professional Soccer as an expansion club in September of 2010, directly following the club’s decisive W-League Championship as the Buffalo Flash in July of 2010. The Flash play all WPSL home games at the Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester NY, home to the Rochester Rhinos. The Flash train out of owner, Joe Sahlen’s, indoor soccer facility, Sahlen Sports Park, in Elma, NY. The Flash colors are Red, Yellow, and Black, to match the Sahlen entities: Sahlen Packing Co., Sahlen Sports Park, and Team Sahlen racing team. The WNY Flash posted a 13-2-3 record (42 points) in their inaugural campaign, taking first place and the Regular season Championship. On August 27, 2011 the Western New York Flash defeated the Philadelphia Independence to capture the WPS Championship title in front of a record crowd of over 10,000 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium. After the WPS suspended operations for the 2012 season, the Flash joined the WPSL Elite League along with the Boston Breakers. The Flash will open their season on Saturday, May 12, 2012 against FC Indiana at 7:00 PM. For tickets, please call 585-454-KICK or for more information, please call 716-655-7529 and visit our website, www.wnyflash.com. Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @wnyflash for all the latest news!