Spirit ends Flash losing streak, Red Stars rout Breakers

Boston Breakers v Red Stars at Harvard Stadium in Allston, MA on May 15, 2014, Photo: Mike GridleyBY CANDY PARKER

Going into Saturday night’s contest, the Western New York Flash (3-2-1) and the Washington Spirit (3-4-0) had played a total of five times since the inception of the NWSL. Each time, the Flash had prevailed. But the Spirit broke the losing streak in front of a home crowd of nearly 4,600 in Boyds, Maryland, defeating the Flash 3-2.

Western New York held a 2-1 lead at halftime after the Flash’s Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd each responded to an initial goal by Washington’s Jodie Lindsey in the 11th minute. Wambach evened the game at 1-1 in the 18th minute and Lloyd put the visitors ahead at the 30’ mark.

But the second half was all Spirit with Kathryn Williamson and Taylor notching scores just seven minutes apart to secure the victory for the home team.

Western New York Flash vs. Washington Spirit highlights

NWSL action continued Sunday night as FC Kansas City (3-4-2) and Houston Dash (1-5-1) played to a 2-2 draw.

FC Kansas City got scoring from Lauren Holiday (2’) and Erika Tymrak (36’) while the Dash’s offense was served up by Jordan Jackson (20’) and Tiffany McCarty (78’) in the evenly match contest.

Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City highlights

Finally, Chicago (4-2-1) downed Boston (1-5-0) in a lopsided 4-1 match pitting the second-ranked Red Stars against the last place Breakers.

The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first half with Chicago’s Michelle Wenino striking first at the 23’ mark to give the visiting Red Stars the lead. Boston’s Heather O’Reilly drew her team even in the 35th minute on a penalty kick after Chicago defender Samantha Johnson was called for a handball.

The second half saw a torrent of offense from Chicago with goals by Jen Hoy (50’), Lori Chalupny (57’) and Zakiya Bywaters (85’) as Boston was unable to adjust to the Red Stars’ speed attack.

Chicago Red Stars vs. Boston Breakers highlights

Upcoming NWSL action includes:

Wednesday, May 21

Sky Blue FC at Washington Spirit
Seattle Reign at FC Kansas City
Western New York Flash at Portland Thorns FC

Friday, May 23

Chicago Red Stars at Houston Dash

Saturday, May 24

Sky Blue FC at Portland Thorns FC

Sunday, May 25

FC Kansas City at Boston Breakers
Western New York Flash at Seattle Reign FC

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