Western New York Flash 1-1-0
Washington Spirit 2-0-0
The Flash lead all time series 5-2-2, and the Spirit have not won against the Flash since 2014.
Game time is Friday, April 29th 7 pm at Sahlen Stadium.
The Spirit enter this contest as perhaps the most
However, manager Jim Gabarra also enjoys great depth in the midfield with emerging star Diana Matheson to go along with Joanna Lohman to
Washington's greatest strength is their ability to quickly convert their opponents mistakes into scoring opportunities. The speed in which they transition from defense to attack is rivaled perhaps only by Kansas City. Krieger in particular is perhaps the best in the league at turning defense immediatley into a scoring chance, something she did with deadly accuracy against the Sky Blue. Krieger and fellow defenders Megan Oyster, Estelle Johnson and Alyssa Kleiner constrict their opponents attack and force them into making costly mistakes. And with Dunn, Matheson &co. those mistakes can quickly be taken advantage of.
For first year coach Paul Riley and the Western New York Flash, Washington presents a nice
Western New York also has a young but solid group on the backline headed by Jaelene Hinkle and team captain Abby Erceg. Goalie Sabrina D'Angelo currently leads the league in saves with ten.
In the second year of serious roster turnover, the Flash have turned to a young core to build upon. Riley wants use the passion of this young core to help create an environment in Western New York that would be an imposing challenge to the other nine clubs in the league.
"Opening day is always a special occasion for any team," said Riley. "With a brand new surface and many new faces we are tremendously excited to get our home season underway. We have talked a lot regarding the process and creating an environment that embraces the process.There is no pressure on the team, and that gives us the
Riley does indeed have the young pieces to build upon. However, at this point Washington is just simply too deep and complete of a team and while this game may stay