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WNY Flash tie after building two-goal lead

Jasmyne Spencer wasted little time Sunday.

Spencer opened the scoring for the Western New York Flash just 2:24 into the game against Sky Blue FC Sunday at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester. However, the Flash relinquished their early lead and tied Sky Blue, 3-3.

The Flash expanded their lead to 3-1, courtesy of a Michelle Heyman goal less than five minutes into the second half. It was Heyman’s first career National Women’s Soccer League goal.

But the game turned against the Flash in the 59th minute when Katy Freel’s shot deflected off defender Brittany Taylor, resulting in an own goal. Five minutes later, Freel found Christie Rampone to tie the game at three. Rampone, the 40-year-old defender, was playing in her first game since Team USA won the World Cup July 5.

Spencer’s goal in the third minute came off a corner kick and after a scramble in the goalie box. The Flash extended the lead on Jaelene Hinkle’s first professional goal in the 24th minute.

Sky Blue struck before the end of the first half when Nadia Nadim scored in the 40th minute. Kelley O’Hara, also fresh off her World Cup championship, assisted on the goal.

The Flash fell to 4-5-3 with 15 points and Sky Blue is now 2-7-5 with 11 points. Sky Blue is in last place in the league.

The Flash were without Team USA member Sydney Leroux as she will be getting surgery on her right ankle. Her season is over. Leroux was playing with the injured ankle for the last six months but she felt increased pain during the World Cup. Leroux has an accessory bone in her ankle, and a piece of the bone will be removed in the surgery.