Playoff-bound Flash eyes 10th straight match without defeat
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • July 12, 2012 @ 8:00am
With a 4-0 win over the ASA Chesapeake Charge last Sunday, the Western New York Flash clinched a WPSL Elite playoff berth in front of 2,017 fans at Sahlen’s Stadium – a season-high. Three regular season matches remain, however, as Aaran Lines’ club jockeys for playoff position.
Western New York currently sits third in the table with 24 points, a single win away from matching the 27 points of Chicago and Boston. The Flash owns a game-in-hand over the Breakers, too.
If the Flash can flatten Shek Borkowski’s FC Indiana club on the road Thursday, Western New York’s unbeaten streak would reach 10 matches, longer than last season’s two separate unbeaten streaks of eight and nine.
The match: Western New York Flash (7-1-3) vs. FC Indiana (1-8-2)
The venue: Michael A. Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
The time: 7 p.m. Thursday
Last match: WNY knocked off Chesapeake 4-0; FC Indiana fell to Philadelphia 2-0.
FLASHcards for this weekend’s match
In each installment of the weekly ‘Flashcards,’ we’ll examine any roster moves for Western New York and take a gander at the weekend’s opponent.
1) Blasting Chesapeake: After missing the last home match due to a quad strain suffered in warm-ups, McCall Zerboni returned to Sahlen’s Stadium with a vengeance, striking for two goals and assisting on another. The brace arrived in unorthodox fashion, as the Flash captain nodded home a cross from outside defender Tori Huster in the first half before slotting a penalty kick drawn by Katy Frierson in the 80th minute.
Toni Pressley and Adriana also scored for the Flash in the convincing win.
2) FC Indiana preview: Seventeen of FC Indiana’s 22 players are Haitian, as Borkowski doubles as the manager of the Haitian Women’s National Team. The Flash stormed past FC Indiana 4-1 in the home opener at Sahlen’s Stadium, but Western New York spent 66 minutes of the match protecting a one-goal lead before pulling away late. Striker Manoucheka Pierre-Louis is the club’s most dangerous attacker, while Lovely Placide scored FC Indiana’s lone tally in the first meeting.
3) Internationals officially depart for Olympics: Flash players Lori Lindsey and Meghan Klingenberg, alternates for the U.S. women’s Olympic soccer team, flew to England Tuesday morning with the team and arrived safely. Pia Sundhage’s squad will train at the facility of Middlesbrough FC in northeast England for six days before traveling to Glasgow, Scotland – the site of the U.S.’s first Olympic match against France July 25. Best of luck to the Flash’s representatives in the London Olympics.
(Photo credit: Western New York Flash photographer Mark Novak—more photos here).