Lady Avalanche fall to Buffalo Flash with 3-0 loss

avalancheTwo late goals enabled Buffalo to ensure the scoreline reflected their superiority in Hamilton, after the Flash had outshot the Avalanche 25-5.

First starts of the season for striker Jamie Craft, and new signing, Pamela Conti, who played wide left in midfield, came about after the recent departures of Ameera Abdullah and Gianna DeSaverio, combined with top scorer Maria Ruiz being rested.

A fine header from vice captain Jessica O’Rourke on the end of a Erika Sutton cross gave the visitors a deserved 15-minute lead, soon before Kimberly Brandao saw her header from a corner land in the back of the net, only for it to be disallowed.

Ten minutes before the break Sarah Wagenfuhr also had her effort from a free kick disallowed, moments before she struck the bar with the retake.

Although the Flash dominated the half, the poor playing surface was playing its part in narrowing the gap between the two sides, who’d seen a five goal margin between them, when they met at Orchard Park High School.

In the second half that gap widened with the Flash outshooting their hosts by 18-3, but unable to add to their tally until late on in the game.

The closest they’d come to doing so, was in the 68th minute when Erika Sutton side footed her close range effort onto the bar, at the end of a wonderful passing move, involviing many Flash players.

Craft, making her first start of the season, was a constant menace to the Avalanche defence, with her probing runs a threat throughout.

Finally, a minute before the end, substitute Shaylyn Lawrence, saw her deflected left footed effort, loop over goalkeeper Amy Holt – who made 16 saves in the game – and into the back of the net, to kill the game off for the Flash. It was Lawrence’s first goal of the season.

A minute later, debutant Italian National Team attacker, Pamela Conti scored the goal of the night, bending her 25-yard effort into the top corner, to notch her first Flash points, and incredibly become Buffalo’s 14th goalscorer of the season, in a squad containing only 16 outfielders.

The Avalanche finish out the season with a road trip to Quebec, followed by a rematch against the Toronto Lady Lynx on July 16 and their final game of the season in London on July 18 against the Gryphons.