ORCHARD PARK, NY – Buffalo Flash made it nine goals in two games with none conceded after a second half goal blitz, marking the second time this season the Flash have turned a 0-0 home halftime scoreline into a 5-0 win as they put away the Hamilton Avalanche Sunday.
Five goals in 15 second half minutes from Maria Ruiz, Erika Sutton (two), Rosie Tantillo and Brooke Barbuto, allowed Buffalo to turn their dominance into three well earned points, and the scoreline to reflect their superiority.
The first half was full of rain, but void of many clear cut chances. The best came after Ruiz was tripped in the box, but Sarah Wagenfuhr saw her resulting penalty saved by Avalanche captain Amy Holt, who was unbeatable for the first hour of the game.
As the rain cleared, so came the flood of goals. After 66 minutes Shaylyn Lawrence picked up her first point of the season, in assisting Ruiz’s goal. Lawrence broke free down the right wing, before bending her cross straight onto the head of the Spanish striker, whose header was angled perfectly into the bottom left of the net, for her eighth goal of the season.
Seven minutes later, Sutton, pushed into a more advanced left sided role, than she’d began the game in, latched onto the end of a Jessica O’Rourke through-ball, and slotted home with the outside of her right foot, to double the hosts’ lead.
Another four minutes passed before Tantillo picked up a Ruiz pass, and placed her left footed effort into the corner of the net from near the penalty spot.
At this point, the floodgates opened and in the 79th minute, Sutton matched her feat of last week against Laval, when she smashed a 35 yard strike into the top corner of the net. It was another fantastic strike, and her second goal of the game.
Less than two minutes later, substitute Barbuto rounded off the scoring, with a nice dribble into the box, drop of the shoulder, and comfortable finish, her first for the Flash. In doing so, she remarkably became the 12th Buffalo Flash outfielder to score this season – only nine games in – from a roster of only 15 outfielders.