Boston Breakers suffer loss to Portland Thorns FC

Thorns advance to third place

(July 21, 2014) -  The Boston Breakers and Portland Thorns FC played for the second time in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, this time at Providence Park in front of 14,383 fans, and the Breakers lost a tough one, 6-3.

(July 21, 2014) -  The Boston Breakers and Portland Thorns FC played for the second time in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season at Providence Park in front of 14,383 fans resulting in a 6-3 loss for the Breakers.

As in many games, the Breakers came out strong in the first half, ready to score and in the 14th minute of play Katie Schoepfer made it happen with an assist from Jazmine Reeves. Only 6 minutes later Bianca Sierra was called for a foul on Alex Morgan resulting in a penalty kick taken by Allie Long and a goal for the Thorns FC, her ninth of the year. Tying up the match.

With great foot work and quality teamwork, the Breakers kept the ball in the opposing end of the pitch refusing to allow the Thorns to score. In the 31st minute the Breakers lost possession to the Thorns FC and Alyssa Naeher, Boston goalkeeper, and the defense were up to the challenge. She cleared it out to Lianne Sanderson, who lobbed the ball over the Thorns and landed at the feet of Nikki Washington, who, in the 32nd minute, passed by Nadine Angerer, Portland goalkeeper, and scored the second goal for the Boston.

The Thorns, unwilling to let the Breakers keep the lead, brought the ball down to Naeher. Veronica Boquete was able to clear space in the Boston penalty zone and sent the ball to Christine Sinclair who found the back right hand corner of the net, resulting in an even 2-2 match, just three minutes later.

In the 39th minute, with a assist from Maddy Evans, Sanderson attempted to score as the ball hit Portland defender Rachel Van Hollebeke’s hand giving the Breakers a penalty kick. Heather O’Reilly was able to bury her attempt for the goal giving Boston a 3-2 lead. The Thorns FC were not backing down and Long was able to find Sinclair in the Boston box who scored, tying the game up for the third time.

Right away in the second half, Morgan dangled in the Breaker box and yet again Sinclair was located and she scored (3-4) in the 46th minute. Bianca D’Agostino, subbed in for Evans at the half, shot at the top of the Portland box but was caught by Angerer in the 51st minute. Off of the clear by Angerer, Morgan found her way around Boston defenders and scored (3-5).

Breakers held strong and refuse to allow any goals from the Thorns, but also were unable to make contact with the Portland net. In the 63rd minute, Reeves had a powerful header on the cross of O’Reilly but it landed right into the hands of Angerer. In the 71st minute the Breaker sub out Washington for Joanna Lohman, who five minutes later was called with a foul, giving Portland a free kick by Boquete.

Jessica McDonald, Portland forward, worked against the Breakers defense and made the final goal in the 89th minute. The Breakers fell to Portland with a 6-3 loss. The Portland Thorns and Boston Breakers meet one last time this season at Harvard Stadium on August 10th, kickoff is at 6:30 EST.

The Breakers are now 3-13-2 and will play the last of the seven game away stretch at Sahlen’s Statdium in Rochester, New York against the Western New York Flash on Friday July 25th (7:30 EST kickoff). The Breakers return to Harvard Stadium on August 3rd playing the Flash in back to back games. To purchase tickets visit of call 617-945-1704.

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