It's once again that time of the year for soccer in WNY. The No. 1 ranked WNY Flash are headed to their fourth straight championship game.
While players have come and gone, head coach Aaran Lines has been there since his hiring in 2009. Lines has led the team to four straight championship games in four different leagues.His teams have won the first three championship games.
Both teams have star players but the Thorns have former WNY Flash and USA women's soccer star Alex Morgan, and former WNY Flash and Canadian women's soccer star Christine Sinclair.
Throughout the year,Morgan has been sidelined with a MCL sprain that has kept her out of some of the games, but plans to play Saturday night. Alex Morgan told www.ussoccer.comthat, "my knee is as close to 100% and that I do not feel the pain as much but still feels twinges here and there."
When asked about playing her former team she said, "That it was fitting to play the Flash in the finals because Portland had beaten every other team except them."
Abby Wambach who's Alex Morgan's teammate on the USA women's soccer team understands that the key to victory is possession of the ball. Wambach toldwww.wnyflash.com that, "we really need to keep possession of the ball, the more we possess it, the better we will have a chance to get more opportunities to score goals."
The teams played twice this year, with both games ending in draws. Both teams entered the playoffs with 38 points, but the Flash are 9-1-2 at home and have outscored opponents 23-7 this year. Coach Aaran Lines understands the importance of home field. He told www.wnyflash.com that, "that the team is excited and confident for the opportunity, and happy about hosting a game in their backyard." Saturday's game will be the third matchup this year, but only one team will go home with the championship.