© Dan Hickling
For the second match in a row, the Western New York Flash have defeated the unbeaten. Tonight’s victim, FC Kansas City was not only unbeaten until now, but also hadn’t been scored upon in field play. The lone goal against had come on a penalty kick.
After a slow start, Western New York, now fully staffed with the local debut of their second USWNT allocation Carly Lloyd, who had been sidelined with a shoulder injury, has begun to fire on all cylinders, most of the time.
Unlike their first few matches, the Flash looked coordinated and determined on both sides of the pitch at Shalen’s Stadium tonight. Defensively, WNY players were consistently winning 50/50 balls, relentlessly hustling up and down the field, getting a piece of every shot on goal before it reached keeper Adriana Franch. Offensively, their play was much more creative than it had been early in the season, and was effective in breaking through the league’s toughest defense by passing the ball around in rota...