Spirit falls to Flash in NWSL cham­pi­onship

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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.

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