Maryland-based club ASA Chesapeake Charge comes to town, making their first-ever appearance in Boston to take on the Breakers. The home side is looking to pick up its fifth consecutive win and remain unbeaten on the field at home.
The Breakers and Charge haven’t met in nearly two months. It was back on May 10 when the Breakers opened the season at the Charge in Arnold, Md., and took a 3-0 victory, getting a goal apiece from Katie Schoepfer, Jess Luscinski, and Veronica Napoli. For Napoli, her goal in the 1st minute was a memorable one, going into the books as the first-ever goal scored in WPSL Elite history. The first-ever assist was credited to Courtney Jones, who set up Napoli’s goal.
Friday at 7 p.m. at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, the Breakers have a chance to stretch their winning streak to a season-high five games. The Breakers are coming off a 1-0 win over the Chicago Red Stars, which put Boston in a first-place tie with Chicago. The Breakers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday when the New York Fury beat the New England Mutiny. The sixth-place Charge come to Boston with a 1-7-2 record. They’ve picked up a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Fever and drew twice with FC Indiana, 1-1, and 2-2.
"We’re focused on playing a good game and improve on things we think are important to winning a championship," Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "When we played the Charge at the beginning of the season, neither of us were at full strength, so it’ll be an interesting matchup."
In the last meeting between the Breakers and the Charge, the Breakers were without Australian internationals Kyah Simon, the league’s leading scorer with 10 goals, and midfielder Tameka Butt, as well as former Notre Dame star Melissa Henderson, however all three are expected to start Friday night.
One other face the Charge didn’t see that night was U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Heather O’Reilly, who is expected to play Friday night. For O’Reilly, this marks her sendoff match as she gets set to depart for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with the U.S. Women’s National Team. This will be O’Reilly’s third Olympic games. She won gold with the U.S. in 2004 in Greece and in Beijing in 2008. She was the youngest player on the 2004 squad that won gold, a team that also included current Breakers defender Cat Whitehill and assistant coach Kristine Lilly.