Western New York Flash at Washington Spirit (Maryland SoccerPlex)
June 15, 2013
Western New York (4-2-2, 14 points) is coming off a 3-0 win over league leaders Sky Blue FC on June 8. The Flash have gone unbeaten in their last five matches, going 4-0-1 since the start of May.
The Flash will be without leading goalscorer Abby Wambach and midfielder Carli Lloyd who are both with the US Women’s National team in Foxboro, MA to take on South Korea Saturday night. Australian international Samantha Kerr will also miss the match while preparing for a friendly against New Zealand on Sunday.
Without their top two goal scorers and playmaker, the Flash will look to captain McCall Zerboni and Adriana to create opportunities.
Alex Sahlen is listed as probable with a broken right wrist while midfielder Sarah Huffman is listed as doubtful with a hamstring strain.
The Flash called up forward Ashley Grove for this weekend’s match. Grove was the fifth round pick of the Flash in the Supplemental Draft in February. The 2011 University of Maryland grad scored 23 goals for the Terrapins during her four year tenure.
The Washington Spirit (1-4-3, 6 points) are coming off two weeks of rest, having not played a match since a 3-0 loss to Boston on May 25. The Spirit’s lone victory came against the Seattle Reign on May 16 and they will look to break the Flash’s five game unbeaten streak.
While the Flash are hurting offensively with this week’s national team call-ups, the Spirit lose two defenders and their leading goal scorer in Ali Krieger, Robyn Gayle and Diana Matheson.
Without Matheson, the Spirit will look to a young attacking continent in Tiffany McCarty, Stephanie Ochs and Ingrid Wells as well as veteran midfielder Lori Lindsey.
The Spirit added Toni Pressley (United States U-23), Lupita Worbis (Mexican allocation) and Conny Pohlers (on loan from Wolfsburg) to their roster. Pressley and Worbis will be available for the match while Pohlers will have to wait to make her Spirit debut as her international transfer paperwork did not go through in time.
Caroline Miller is still out with an ankle fracture while goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris has been moved off the injured list and should be back between the pipes for the Spirit. Harris missed the previous three Spirit matches with a knee sprain.
(EDIT: 6/15/13) The Spirit have called up Spirit Reserves defender Danielle Hubka for the match. She is one of just two players to play in every minute of the W-League team’s season thus far. She has also spent time up top for the University of Maryland and could provide some attacking options as well.
The last time these two clubs played each other, both teams came away with a point in Week 2 after a sold out crowd saw two goals scored in five minutes of play. Ironically, both goals came from players who will be absent this weekend – Sam Kerr for the Flash and Diana Matheson (PK) for the Spirit.
Despite the absence of certain players, the Spirit have reported ticket sales to have topped 4,100 going into the match. It will be the first home match for Washington since May 11 when the Spirit played to a 1-1 draw with the Boston Breakers.