Spirit falls to Flash in NWSL championship
Sabrina D’Angelo made three saves in the penalty shootout as the Western New York Flash won the National Women’s Soccer League championship on penalty kicks, 3-2, after a 2-2 draw with the Washington Spirit on Sunday. Crystal Dunn gave the Spirit the lead in the 92nd minute, but Lynn Williams scored for the Flash in extra time of the overtime period to send the match to penalties. Dunn first scored in the 10th minute, before Samantha Mewis evened it with a goal for the Flash in the 14th. Both players are also part of the U.S. national team and are on the roster for a pair of friendlies later this month against Switzerland. D’Angelo, who was on the Canadian national team that won the bronze medal at this summer’s Olympic Games, pumped her fists and screamed after stopping Diana Matheson’s attempt for the win at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium. The Spirit made the postseason for the third straight season, but it never has won the title. Washington advanced with a 2-1 overtime victory at home over the Chicago Red Stars. The Flash advanced to the championship with a 4-3 victory on the road against the Portland Thorns, the NWSL Shield winners for the team with the best record.