(Sept. 23, 2017) – The Boston Breakers got a goal from Natasha Dowie and benefitted from a pair of own goals by Washington to take a 3-0 win over the Spirit in front of 3,475 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. Saturday night.
Dowie snapped a 0-0 game in the 47th minute. It all began with Angela Salem, who played Adriana Leon out wide. Leon then sent a great cross into the box. Dowie ran on and headed it into goal to give the Breakers a 1-0 lead.
In the 54th minute, Leon raced into the box, but the ball was dispossessed and ended up in the goal to put Boston ahead, 2-0. One minute later, Brooke Elby crossed to the far post, intended for Leon, but again it was hit in goal by Washington. This increased the Breakers lead to 3-0.
The Breakers defended well the rest of the way and got three saves from keeper Abby Smith to preserve the shutout victory, their first win on the road in 2017.
In the first half, the Breakers had a handful of chances, but narrowly missed the target. Leon fired from distance just 40 seconds into the match. Her shot went just wide. Leon went for goal again in the seventh minute. This time, her shot was on frame, but saved by Washington keeper Didi Haracic.
Fourteen minutes into the game, Elby received a pass at the top of the 18. Her shot went wide, and in the 32nd minute, Midge Purce laid off a pass in the corner to Leon. Her cross into the box was headed out, but Allysha Chapman was there 20 yards from goal. She gathered the ball and took a shot, but it went over goal. In the 40th minute, Purce sent in a dangerous cross into the box, forcing Haracic to come out and make a diving stop, preventing any further damage.
The Breakers return home for their season finale Sept. 30 against Sky Blue FC (7 p.m. ET). Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com. Season tickets for the 2018 season are currently on sale and can be purchased by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Natasha Dowie wore the captain’s armband tonight as Julie King was sidelined with injury … Dowie’s goal in the 47th minute was the eighth of her career with the Breakers and first goal scored on the road. Her previous seven came at Jordan Field … Rookie Hayley Dowd made her professional debut, coming on in the 65th minute.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Washington Spirit
Date: Sept. 23, 2017
Venue: Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, Md.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 85 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 3 3
WAS 0 0 0
BOS – Natasha Dowie (Adriana Leon) – 47’
BOS – Own goal Washington – 54’
BOS – Own goal Washington – 55’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 21-Margaret Purce, 4-Megan Oyster, 17-Amanda Frisbie (23-Katie Stengel, 76), 2-Allysha Chapman; 26-Angela Salem, 3-Brooke Elby, 10-Rosie White, 19-Adriana Leon (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 73), 9-Natasha Dowie (C), 18-Tiffany Weimer (33-Hayley Dowd, 65)
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Joe Prudhomme
Head Coach: Matt Beard
WAS: 21-Didi Haracic; 3-Caprice Dydasco, 4-Shelina Zadorksy (C), 6-Kassey Kallman, 22-Alyssa Kleiner; 23-Tori Huster, 12-Morgan Proffitt (8-Lindsay Agnew, 75), 29-Meggie Dougherty Howard; 9-Havana Solaun, 7-Cali Farquharson, 11-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 18-Kelsey Wys, 5-Whitney Church
Head Coach: Jim Gabarra
Stats Summary: BOS / WAS
Shots: 11 / 9
Shots on goal: 4 / 3
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 8
Fouls: 15 / 11
Offside: 4 / 3
BOS – Amanda Frisbie (caution, 69)
BOS – Rosie White (caution, 77)
Referee: Luis Guardia
Assistant Referee 1: Shane Kennard
Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Wooten
Fourth Official: John Jr Griggs