The Western New York Flash won at both ends of the field in Massachusetts last week.

The Flash demonstrated its scoring prowess in a 6-2 victory over the Worcester Smiles Saturday before showing its defensive ability in a 1-0 win at the New England Mutiny the next day in United Women’s Soccer East Conference action.

The six-point weekend moved Western New York (4-2-0, 12 points) from seventh place up to second place in the East and sets up a Week VIII encounter with the Rochester Lady Lancers (4-1-2, 14), with the top spot in the standings at stake.

A quick look at the games:

Saturday, June 23

Inferno Rush 1, New Jersey Copa FC 0

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – It’s always a very tense and competitive match whenever Inferno Rush and New Jersey Copa FC square off ad Saturday was no different. The Rush utilized a 77th-minute goal from Tesa McKibben along with a strong effort from the back line to earn three points, vaulting the side into fifth place at the halfway mark of its season. Neither side created many key chances in the first half nor in the early stages of the second half. But it was the visiting NJCFC that nearly went ahead in the 72nd minute when second-half substitute Mallensy Vargas struck the crossbar, only to see it bounce out and Alexis Williams put the rebound wide. Five minutes later, off a clearance inside its penalty area, Inferno strung together a nice sequence of passes that saw McKibben put the ball on her left foot and finished off her third this season. NJCFC pushed in the remaining minutes to find an equalizing goal, but Kelly O’Brien stayed strong in goal to earn her second clean sheet. Courtney Brennan stopped five shots in goal in the losing effort for New Jersey.

Worcester Smiles 2, Western New York Flash 6

WORCESTER, Mass. – On June 1, Lansing United’s Anna Stinson set a new mark in UWS history for the quickest goal scored from the opening kickoff, as she needed only 18 seconds to tally against Indy Premier. Stinson’s record survived three weeks as after the opening whistle Saturday night as Jamie Boyar scored Western New York’s opening goal in only 13 seconds. That was the first of her three goals to lead the Flash to a convincing 6-2 victory over the Worcester Smiles. The Flash has been known to get off to flying starts through its opening four games of the season, scoring three goals of its 10 goals within the first 15 minutes. On Saturday, WNY equaled that mark as after Boyar scored the opener, Tess Ford struck in the sixth minute and Erica Hubert made it 3-0 in the 10th. Maddie Pezzino recorded her first goal of the season in the 20th minute and Boyar extended the lead to 5-0 in the 22nd minute. Dara Spital got Worcester on the board at the half-hour mark before Boyar completed her first-half hat trick in the 41st minute, finishing off Carissima Cutrona’s service. Talia Borci added a second goal for the Smiles in the 51st minute.

Sunday, June 24

New England Mutiny 0, Western New York Flash 1

AGAWAM, Mass. – After making the hour-plus drive from Worcester to Agawam after Saturday night’s game, Western New York bookended its weekend in Massachusetts by coming away with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the New England Mutiny. It was grind it out type match for both sides, on what turned out to be a less-than ideal day conditions wise in the Springfield area. But the Mutiny created a couple of good looks in the first half, including two for striker Kate Howarth, but none of her efforts directed at goal found the back of the net. As rain started to come down in the second half, the Flash continued to frustrate the Mutiny attacking unit with a high defensive line, limiting its chances to far and few between. But in the 85th minute, the Flash took the lead when a long ball from Erica Hubert found Cutrona down the right flank. She lobbed goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx for her fourth goal of the season. The Mutiny remained on the outside looking in of the top-two in the East with 11 points. It will have a tough stretch to finish out the season as it travels to Long Island and New Jersey the next two weeks before hosting the Connecticut Fusion to finish out the season.