Weekday Mornings Sports Report 5:30AM - 9:00AM
on the WHAM Morning News
Weekday Afternoon Sports Talk Show 3:00PM - 6:00PM
on Sports 1280 WHTK
call the show:
In front of a crowd of just over 9,100, the Western New York Flash failed to score a goal vs the visiting Portland Thorns resulting in a 2-0 loss. The Flash came up short despite having plenty of chances on goal and outshooting the Thorns throughout the entire 90 minutes of play.
Flash were down a goal at the end of the first half after a perfectly placed free kick into the top left corner by Portland forward and MVP of the game Tobin Heath. In what Wambach called a slow start for the Flash, players came out of the locker room unable to shake off the rust in the second half.
— Jeff DiVeronica (@RocDevo) September 1, 2013
Here is what Wambach had to say after the game:
The Flash caught what should have been a game changing break when Thorns defender Kathryn Williamson was red carded leaving the Thorns a man down for the remainder of the half. Though they had multiple opportunities with free kicks at the top of the box, the Flash were unable to put any shots on goal and capitalize on opportunity. Portland solidified their lead in the final minutes of stoppage time with a goal by Christine Sinclair assisted by Alex Morgan.
Portland forward and former player for the WNY Flash Alex Morgan told the media that she is "proud of [the] team for stepping up"
Both Tobin Heath and Christine Sinclair also addressed the media following their championship win:
Head Coach of the WNY Flash Aaran Lines says he looks forward to next season:
One thing is for certain, there was no lack of life at Sahlen's Stadium Saturday Night. The crowd was electric and excited to see stars of both teams out on the field. Flash Goalie Adrianna Franch had great things to say about the turnout:
Even Bills Running Back Fred Jackson was spotted at the game wearing his custom Flash Jersey accompanied by his family and Bills safety Aaron Williams.
After the great product and entertainment displayed on the field Saturday night, it's hard not to root for a successful future for the Women's National Soccer League. The players seem hopeful and optimistic that we will see the sport continue to grow in years to come.