By Ciara Lawrence
The debut Women’s Premier Soccer League season couldn’t have started any better for Boston Breakers College Academy. Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Stephanie McCaffrey notched her second hat trick of the season in Boston’s 3-1 win over CFC Passion. The win improved the Academy’s record to 5-0-1 with four games remaining in the WPSL regular season. The victory came four days after Boston defeated Seacoast Mariners, 1-0, sweeping the season series against the Mariner. McCaffrey leads the team and the league with 10 goals in six games.
McCaffrey’s hat trick propelled the Boston Breakers College Academy to a 4-1 victory over the Seacoast Mariners last Wednesday night at Dilboy Stadium. McCaffrey wasted no time as she intercepted a pass from a defender and scored past the oncoming goalkeeper in the opening minute of play. Minutes later, McCaffrey added her second goal of the game to give the Breakers a comfortable 2-0 lead three minutes into the game.
Boston Breakers College Academy Assistant Coach Andy Coppola commented on the adjustment made after being ahead, 2-0.
“Seacoast then went into a very compact defensive style of play where they packed it in near the top of the 18, counterattacking when they won possession,” he said.
The Mariners responded and made it a 2-1 game when they were a awarded a free kick 30 yards out, which was put in the back of the net by Kristy Montignani in the 15th minute.
McCaffrey’s hat trick was completed in the 83rd minute. The Breakers continued to mount pressure on the Mariners when Jennifer Coppola scored her first goal of the season, coming in the 85th minute, on a hard, low-driven shot from the top of the 18 that beat the Seacoast defense. The Breakers managed eight shots on goal to the Mariners’ two.
Boston Breakers College Academy returns to action Saturday in what will be a crucial matchup against the New England Mutiny. The two teams played to a scoreless draw back on May 29, the season opener for Boston. The Mutiny come into Saturday’s match with a 3-0-3 record, notching wins against the Mariners and Phantoms, who they beat twice. The Mutiny have won two straight. Saturday’s game takes place at East Longmeadow High School.
At Saturday’s game, the Mutiny will hold a fundraiser for "Mighty Max": the 2-year old son of American International College women’s soccer coach Matt Johnson who is in need of a heart transplant. The team will charge zero admission at the gate in exchange for donations towards his care and rehabilitation at Boston Children’s Hospital. For more information, visit http://www.mutinysoccer.com/061413-mighty-max-fundraiser.html#sthash.GfP0hprr.dpuf.