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Western New York Flash falls to FC Kansas City

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After having a much-needed bye-week, FC Kansas City returned to Verizon Wireless Field at Durham Stadium to face the Western New York Flash. Abby Wambach, the leading scorer for the Flash, was absent from the game with a left LCL sprain. Kansas City’s Amy Rodriguez leads the league with shots on goal, posting eight goals this season.

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The Flash kept pressure on Kansas City in the early minutes of the match with two shots on goal, both of which went high over the goal. In the ninth minute, Amy Rodriguez for Kansas City had a shot on goal that was blocked wide by goalkeeper Lydia Williams for the Flash. In the 11th minute, Vicky Losada Midfielder for the Flash received a yellow card for a Reckless Foul.

In the 23rd minute, Rodriguez set Leigh Ann Robinson up with a shot on goal that passed the goalkeeper but was blocked by Brittany Taylor for the Flash. In the 45th minute, Rodriguez, assisted by Robinson, was able to score the first goal of the game giving Kansas City a 1-0 lead at the end of the half. FC Kansas City has not lost a game when scoring the first goal and the Flash have not won a game after allowing the first goal.

In the first half, FC Kansas City had three shots on goal, one scoring, against the Flash with no shots on goal. The Blues had five shots, with the Flash having four with one save. Both teams had three penalties called against them and the Flash was the only team to receive a card.

At the beginning of the second half, the Flash substituted Jasmyne Spencer for Samantha Kerr. In the 64th, minute the Flash substituted Sonia Bermudez for Angela Salem. The Flash played their third substitution sending Courtney Wetzel in for Adriana Martin in the 78th minute. In the 84th minute, Amy LePeilbet replaced Kassey Kallman and in the 86th minute, Morgan Marlborough replaced Amy Rodriguez.

Both teams played aggressive defense in the second half. In the 90th minute, Frances Silva substituted for Erika Tymrak for the third substitution for FC Kansas City. Two minutes of stoppage time was added to the end of regulation play. Kansas City was able to hold the Flash scoreless winning 1-0.

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