Flash down Thorns 4-3 in OT, head to NWSL championship
PORTLAND, ORE. >> Lynn Williams scored twice in overtime and the Western New York Flash beat the Portland Thorns 4-3 on Sunday for a spot in the National Women’s Soccer League championship game.
The Flash will play the Washington Spirit for the league title next Sunday in Houston. The Spirit beat the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in overtime in the other semifinal Friday night.
“We talked about an opportunity to write a great story,” Flash coach Paul Riley said. “And this is a great story of a young team. Everyone had us in the ninth place of 10th place at the start of the season.”
Emily Sonnett scored the equalizer for the Thorns in the 78th minute. The Flash led 2-1 at the half after goals from Samantha Mewis and Makenzy Doniak. Christine Sinclair’s goal narrowed it for Portland in the 115th minute.