This past weekend, the WNY Flash ended their five-game winless streak as they took down the Portland Thorns, 5-0. They walked away with a win, a second shutout of the season, and a new record.
For the first time in Flash history, they scored five goals—and with their shutout, earned the largest margin of victory ever received in the National Women’s Soccer League.
“Given that we can follow up with a few more wins over these next few weeks, that win in Portland could end up being a season-changing game for us,” says Aaran Lines, head coach.
In addition to their five-goal record, Saturday also marked the most goals conceded by the defending Champion Thorns.
The Flash gave one of their best defensive performances of the season as Lydia Williams had her first shutout of her NWSL career. Paired with the strong defense, Samantha Kerr (recently named NWSL Player of the Week) and Carli Lloyd led the team with two goals each, in addition to McCall Zerboni’s goal to complete the win.
“Carli and Sam were fantastic in Portland,” says Lines, “and both contributed enormously in our 5-0 victory. Carli is a world-class midfielder and has stepped into a leadership role this season. Sam has also really developed over the past year, and this weekend we got to see her true potential in her best performance in a Flash shirt on Saturday.”
The Flash have had to adapt to many changes this season, since some players arrived late into preseason. They have also added five new international players to the roster, which Coach Lines believes takes time to develop teamwork and camaraderie.
“The beginning of the season was a little tough for us this year, but I feel that we are now fully integrated,” says Lines. “As you could see in our most recent victory, we’re playing as a team. We play for one another.”
The Flash will finish up a three-game road trip this afternoon, as they travel to Houston to take on the Dash. Be sure to also cheer them on when they return home to Sahlen’s Stadium on June 18.
For tickets or more information, visit the Flash website.