FC Buffalo closer to claiming Iron Division Crown in 3-1 home win over Flower City

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FC Buffalo’s women moved closer to claiming the 2024 Iron Division crown following a 3-1 win over Flower City 1872 on Friday at Robert Rich All-High Stadium. 

Gianna Tuzzolino and Dani Braun Martinez scored for FCB, with Sarah Woods prodding a Flower City 1872 own goal as Tuzzolino delivered the insurance marker.

Tuzzolino scored her second goal of the season to give her team the 1-0 as a messy scramble in the box following a corner kick landed for the 5-foot-10 WNY Flash Academy graduate. Tuzzolino then hammered the ball into the left upper reach of the net.

A pair of crucial saves from FCB’s goalkeeper Brigid Mulholland would keep her team up by one into halftime.

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Five minutes into the second half, Flower City leveled as two Flower City players capitalized on a two-on-one breakaway to place the ball past Mulholland.

The Wolves restored the lead as FCB’s four-year veteran midfielder Dani Braun Martinez, from the top of the 18, curled the ball into the top right upper 90 of the net for the 2-1 lead in the 64th minute.

Two minutes later, Sarah Woods turned her mark inside out from the left flank and fired a cross into the box toward Tuzzolino. Her header attempt deflected off a Flower City defender and into the goal for a comfortable 3-1 lead.

The win boosts Nikki Bartholomew’s squad to 6-1-0 in the 2024 UWS Iron Division following last Saturday’s 3-0 home win over FC Berlin. The women can clinch the Iron Division title with one more win (or draw) as they play their final regular season game at All-High against Steel City for a 5 pm Sunday kickoff at All-High Stadium.

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