There were lots of new faces April 12 when then the Washington Spirit opened their second National Women’s Soccer League season in Boyds, Md. Unfortunately for the home team, the results were similar to last year as the Western New York Flash topped the Spirit, 3-1, on Sunday in front of 2,306 fans.
Vicky Losada, who was signed by the Flash entering the 2014 season, had a hand in all three of WNY’s goals, finishing with two goals and an assist on the night. Brittany Taylor scored the other goal. The Flash only had three shots on goal.
Losada, a FC Barcelona transplant, nailed a shot from 30-yards out past former Flash goal keep Ashlyn Harris. Playing with the wind, Losada’s shot sailed over the hands of Harris and into the back of the net at the 15 minute mark.
Spirit midfielder Christine Nairn knotted the game at 1-1 with a corner kick past Flash goalkeeper Lydia Williams five minutes into the second half. Narin led Washington with 5 shots and 2 shots on goal.
Center back Brittany Taylor put the Flash ahead with a sliding goal off a Losada assist. Spanish international Losada finished off her debut in the 67th minute, netting her second goal of the match. Making a run into the box, fellow Spaniard Adriana Martin found Losasa open and she finished.
The Spirit added English international striker Jodie Taylor, known for her tenacity at goal, to bolster goal production in the offseason. She was held to 2 shots and only one on goal. Newly acquired Tiffany Weimer and Diana Matheson, last season’s leading scorer with 8 goals, are expected to form an effective scoring duo. Matheson was the victim of a foul Sunday, but Weimer did not play.
In other action, Scottish international Kim Little scored a penalty kick in the 49th minute and added a second goal in the 54th minute, and Megan Rapinoe capped the scoring in the 88th minute to give the hosts the Seattle Reign FC a 3-0 victory over Boston April 12.
Midfielder Allie Long scored the game’s only goal in the first half and goalkeeper Nadine Angerer helped register a shutout as the defending-NWSL champs Portland Thorns FC opened the 2014 regular season with a 1-0 win on the road against the Houston Dash before 8,097 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium April 11.
Sky Blue FC tied FC Kansas City 1-1 in Kansas City, Mo. FCKC defender Kassey Kallman had possession inside the box and played the ball into the middle for forward Amy Rodriguez. Rodriguez one-timed her shot into the low right corner of the net, scoring her first goal in the NWSL at 42 minutes. SBFC midfielder Katy Freels scored the equalizer in the 48th minute to secure the tie.