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The Western New York Flash and the Washington Freedom tied 1-1 Saturday at the Maryland SoccerPlex in front of 4,569 fans after two goals in a three minute stretch late in the match.

After being down by one goal, the home side tied the game less than two minutes later when Canadian midfielder Diana Matheson scored from the penalty spot after Jasmyne Spencer was brought down from behind in the box.

Since the live feed wasn’t the best, I’ll go with the female commentator who clearly saw Spencer taken down from behind in the box.  If that’s the case, there was no other call that could be made.   The refs were right.

The final few minutes turned an energetic game into a total thriller!  The point is Western New York’s (0-1-1) first of the season, while the Spirit (0-0-2) earned a second consecutive draw to open 2013.

Missing from the Spirit line-up today was one of the most fierce & consistent defenders in recent times veteran Candace Chapman.  She also wasn’t one of Canada’s allocated players from the CNT.  What’s amiss?

Missing from the Flash line-up today was Bryanna McCarthy, a CNT allocated player.  Hard to understand how any allocated players would see zero time on the pitch unless there’s an injury.   I hope to see her on the pitch soon.


Spirit XI: Harris; Toulouse, Huster, Gayle, Krieger; Roberts, Lindsey, Matheson, Wells (Spencer, ’46; Hodak. ’90), Ochs, McCarty (Miller, 84′)

Flash XI: Franch, Sahlen, Johnson, Taylor, Reynolds; Yokers, Zerboni (DiMartino, ’79), Perez; Kerr (Robinson, 90+), Martin, Wambach



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