The Western New York Flash (5-4-0) fell to the undefeated Portland Thorns FC (4-0-5) in a tough match on Friday night in Rochester, N.Y. The two sides battled hard for 90 minutes, but the Thorns came out on top with goals from Christine Sinclair and Nadia Nadim.
Former Flash star and Canadian National Team member Christine Sinclair opened the scoring in the 48th minute as she got into open space and bent a ball around the hands of rookie goalkeeper and reigning NWSL Player of the Week Britt Eckerstrom. The Thorns pushed their lead to two in the 73rd minute as Tobin Heath drew a penalty in the box after tangling up with Elizabeth Eddy, allowing Nadia Nadim to convert for just her second goal of the season.
The Flash managed to hit woodwork three times in the match. In the 22nd minute, defender Jaelene Hinkle slotted a ball into the box for Mewis who turned and took a shot that ended up hitting the crossbar. In the 00’ Kennedy bent a beautiful free kick in around a wall of Thorns that didn’t manage to drop enough and hitting the crossbar again. Forward Lynn Williams had a header go off the post in the final minutes of action, which left the surging Flash scoreless.
McCall Zerboni made her highly anticipated return to the Flash to start the second half. The midfielder was acquired in a trade from the Boston Breakers last week and suited up in a Flash uniform for the first time since 2014. Zerboni made a couple of deep runs in her 45 minutes of play but was unable to find the back of the net.
The Flash will remain home in Week 10 as they play host to U.S. National Team member Whitney Engen and the Boston Breakers. The last time the teams met, the Flash managed to put four into the net. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.