By Aram Kaya
(May 4, 2017) - The Boston Breakers, coming off an impressive 3-0 win last Saturday at home against Seattle Reign FC, return to Jordan Field in Allston, Mass., Sunday for a 6 p.m. ET clash with defending NWSL Champions and league leaders North Carolina Courage (formerly, the Western New York Flash).
The match can be streamed on the go90 app or go90.com (U.S. only) and NWSLsoccer.com (international fans only).
The Courage remained perfect on the season after picking up a 3-1 win in their last home game against the Orlando Pride. They currently sit at the top of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) table with nine points after three games. They are led by midfielder Sam Mewis (of Hanson, Mass.), who scored in the NWSL final last year, and has one goal on the year thus far, along with Jessica McDonald, who has a goal and an assist.
“Sunday night will be a different test to what we have faced so far this season. North Carolina are a very good team, and they can mix their play up,” Boston Breakers head coach Matt Beard said. “Paul Riley has done a fantastic job. But like any team, there are strengths and weaknesses, and we will be setting up to win this game. Of course they are champions, so it will be a great marker as to where we are as a team.”
This game will be a good test for a Breakers team that has two straight wins going into Sunday’s game. The Breakers currently sit in second place with six points and a 2-1-1 record.
Much of their success can be attributed to some stellar play from forward Natasha Dowie (league-best two goals), midfielder Rose Lavelle, who scored her first professional goal in last week’s win over Seattle and was recently named NWSL Player of the Month and to the NWSL Team of the Month for April, forward Adriana Leon, who was named the NWSL Player of the Week after tallying a goal and two assists against Seattle last weekend, and goalkeeper Abby Smith, who made a career-high six saves against Seattle and registered her second shutout of the season.
Following Sunday’s game, the Breakers hit the road to take on the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday, May 14, at 6 p.m. ET. They return home Friday, May 19, to face the Portland Thorns at 7 p.m. ET at Jordan Field. Tickets to all home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.