By Kathryn Leeber
WATERTOWN, Mass. (July 22, 2017) — The Boston Breakers were defeated by the Houston Dash, 1-0, Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium following the lone goal from Nichelle Prince.
The Breakers (3-7-5) came out ready to play after a rain delay, but Houston had the first opportunity with a free kick in the 5th minute. After Angela Salem collided with the Dash’s Carli Lloyd, Andressinha took the shot, but sent the ball right to Breakers’ goalkeeper Abby Smith.
Boston immediately looked to retaliate as Margaret Purce pushed the ball down the field and was able to send a cross in to Rosie White. The header from White went high, but Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell got a hand on the ball and tipped it above the net.
In the 12th minute, Purce sent another cross into the box to an open Adriana Leon who put a quick shot on frame. The ball hit the crossbar and bounced out just in front of the goal line.
Houston (6-7-2) continued to make runs towards the goal, but the Breakers’ defensive back line remained steadfast. Janine Beckie sent a shot from just outside of the box for the Dash, but the ball went wide of the net in the 22nd minute.
In the 23rd minute, Andressinha made a short pass to Nichelle Prince who dribbled past Boston’s defense and got a shot off to give Houston a 1-0 lead.
In the 27th minute, the Breakers had a strong chance to even the score as Leon crossed the ball to an oncoming Katie Stengel in front of the net, but the ball just missed her foot.
The Dash had their last chance of the half two minutes later as Prince passed the ball to Rachel Daly, but Smith was right there to stop the shot. Smith ended the half with five saves, while Campbell had three.
Trailing by one, the Breakers came out in the second half looking for the equalizer. Leon had a strong chance in the 52nd minute in front of the goal, but could not get around Houston’s defenders and the ball was poked away.
Minutes later, Daly had a clear opening with no defenders around as she tried to extend Houston’s lead, but Smith came off her line near the corner of the net to clear the ball out of bounds.
Tiffany Weimer entered the game in the 58th minute and three minutes later sent a pass to Purce who got a shot off, but the defense deflected the ball and it went directly to Campbell’s gloves.
The Breakers struggled to create opportunities on offense to close out the game, but maintained a solid defense. Lloyd sent a shot from 25 yards out in the 72nd minute, but Smith had her eyes on it and knocked the ball away from the goal. Smith ended the night with a career-high 10 saves.
The Breakers return home on Friday, Aug. 4 as they face FC Kansas City at 7 p.m. ET at Jordan Field in Allston, Mass. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Defender and captain Julie King made her 102nd appearance for the Breakers, tying Kristine Lilly for most all-time in franchise history … Abby Smith made a career-high of 10 saves … Katie Stengel earned her first start with Boston.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Houston Dash
Date: July 22, 2017
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 10:02 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, Rain/Cloudy
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
HOU 1 0 1
HOU – Nichelle Prince (Andressinha) – 23’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 3-Brooke Elby, 8-Julie King (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 2-Allysha Chapman; 26-Angela Salem, 25-Morgan Andrews, 10-Rosie White (18-Tiffany Weimer, 58); 19-Adriana Leon (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 72), 23-Katie Stengel (9-Natasha Dowie, 63), 21-Margaret Purce
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 17-Amanda Frisbie,
Head Coach: Matt Beard
HOU: 1-Jane Campbell, 2-Poliana, 12-Amber Brooks, 55-Janine Van Wyk, 22-Cami Levin, 6-Morgan Brian (23-Cami Privett, 60), 17-Andressinha (9-Sarah Hagen, 88), 16-Janine Beckie, 3-Rachel Daly, 10-Carli Lloyd (C), 14-Nichelle Prince (27-Caity Heap, 81)
Subs not used: 18-Lydia Williams, 4-Bruna Benites, 5-Cari Roccaro, 8-Claire Falknor
Head Coach: Omar Morales
Stats Summary: BOS / HOU
Shots: 10 / 19
Shots on goal: 4 / 11
Saves: 10 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 3
Offside: 0 / 2
Referee: Reyna Fonseca
Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Kieso
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Bermudez
Fourth Official: Mike Arrington