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Loss ends Flash’s playoff hopes

ROCHESTER – Nadia Nadim destroyed all postseason aspirations for the Western New York Flash Wednesday.

Nadim scored her second goal of the night in the 89th minute to break a 2-2 tie and give Sky Blue FC the 3-2 victory at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester.

The loss eliminated the Flash (8-12-3) from National Women’s Soccer League playoff contention just a year after finishing with the best regular season record.

The Flash started off well enough in a game that was nationally televised on ESPN2.

Adriana Martin gave the team an early lead after capitalizing on an Abby Wambach feed 23 minutes into the action.

Sky Blue countered just a minute later as Kelley O’Hara scored on a pass from Nadim, who had three points on the night.

The teams went into halftime tied before Nadim took over in the second half.

She scored her first goal of the game in the 47th minute to give the Sky Blue a 2-1 lead.

The Flash tied the score at two in the 79th minute with a Sonia Bermudez goal from over 30 yards out.

The loss dropped the Flash to seventh place as Sky Blue jumped them in the standings.

The Western New York-based team isn’t accustomed to failure.

Before joining the NWSL in 2013, the Flash won titles in the W-League, Women’s Professional Soccer and WPSL-Elite.

The Flash hosted the championship game in the inaugural NWSL season, falling 2-0 to Portland Thorns FC.

The Flash will conclude its second season in the NWSL Saturday at 8 p.m. with a road match against the Chicago Red Stars.

Wednesday’s action ruined some of the matchup’s appeal.

The Flash and Red Stars were both fighting for a spot in the four-team NWSL playoff heading into Wednesday’s games.