May 7, 2011

Marta Leads Flash to Victory

Five-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta scored one goal and assisted on two others as the Western New York Flash defeated Sky Blue FC 3-1 in Friday night action at Sahlen Stadium in Rochester.

Marta's assists came on first half goals by Alex Morgan and Caroline Seger. The Flash took a 2-0 lead into the second half.

Seeing her first action of the season, second half substitution Adriana made an immediate impact, cutting the lead in half in the 66th minute.

Coach Jim Gabarra thought his team played better in the second half, but that they still need to improve. “Their speed is difficult to deal with," said Gabarra. "I think the second half we did much better and put a little scare into them. We gave away a couple chances to Marta and I think collectively we need to do a little better.”

Marta scored in the 77th minute to restore the Flashes' two goal lead and that wrapped up the scoring for the match.

“We were effective early on, that is what I talked about with the players and that helped us get ahead of the game," said Flash coach Aaran Lines. "Marta was just magical tonight.”

Western New York was able to win in spite of the absence of WPS leading scorer Christine Sinclair who was not active for the match. Gina Lewandowski and Maurine were activated for the first time, but neither saw action. The Flash outshot Sky Blue by an 11-5 margin.

Western New York improved their record to 3-0-1 to give them a first place total of 10 points. Sky Blue dropped to 0-3-1 and are still searching for their first victory.

Western New York now hosts Boston next Friday. The Flash have already defeated the Breakers once this season. Meanwhile, Sky Blue gets next weekend off before returning to action on May 21 against the Atlanta Beat at home.