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Flash clinches No. 1 playoff seed

ROCHESTER -- The Western New York Flash knew their destiny before the first half ended Sunday. Even though the team didn't need it, the Flash went on to a 2-0 victory over the Atlanta Beat in front of 5,702 in the regular-season finale.

The victory at Sahlen's Stadium gave the Flash a Women's Professional Soccer-high 42 points and means the WPS championship game will be coming to Rochester.

Heading into the day the Flash had a three-point advantage over Philadelphia, and the Independence lost to magicJack, 2-1, just as the Flash finished the first half of its game.

Scoring for the Flash were Swedish national Caroline Seger and Brazil's Marta.

The game started out with two quick chances for the Flash in the fourth and fifth minutes.

The Flash broke through in the 37th minute for the opening tally, courtesy of an Alex Morgan pass that set up Seger for a tap-in goal, her fifth of the year.

Seger nearly scored a second goal, but was offsides.

In the 75th minute, Marta broke away from defenders and slotted a shot to the left post, putting the finishing touches on the first-place finish and getting her 10th score of the season.

The Flash will play in the finals on Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. The four-team playoff starts with magicJack hosting Boston and the winner traveling to Philadelphia for a spot in the championship.