(July 18, 2015) – The Boston Breakers snapped a three-game losing streak and earned an important point on the road Saturday night, tying first-place Chicago, 1-1, at the Village of Lisle Benedictine University Sports Complex, in Lisle, Ill.
In front of a sold-out crowd of 3,560, the Breakers came from behind to earn the draw, which sent their record to 3-6-3. Rookie Stephanie McCaffrey scored her third goal of the season, leveling the game in the 62nd minute after Chicago took a 1-0 lead just eight minutes earlier.
After a scoreless first half, the Red Stars struck first in the 54th minute. Taryn Hemmings came along the byline and found Lori Chalupny at the top of the goal area. Chalupny had an open look and one-timed it into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. But the advantage lasted less than 10 minutes. McCaffrey split two Chicago defenders before beating Chicago keeper Karina LeBlanc far post to tie the match at 1-1.
Stephanie McCaffrey scored her third goal of the season Saturday night (Photo By Mike Gridley)
The Breakers had a few chances to find a late winner, but LeBlanc came up big, denying Kristie Mewis in the 90th minute, ending the biggest threat in the final 25 minutes for the Breakers.
The first half was even in nearly every aspect of the game. Shots and shots on goal, 4-4 and 2-2, respectively, were tied, as was the score at 0-0. The best chance for the Breakers came in the 42nd minute when Katie Schoepfer forced LeBlanc to make a diving save. LeBlanc came out to clear a cross, but the ball landed at the feet of Schoepfer, who struck from distance, before LeBlanc pushed the ball away from danger.
Chicago threatened twice within a 16-minute span in the first half. In the fifth minute, Jen Hoy was denied in front of goal by Breakers keeper Alyssa Naeher, who finished with six saves. In the 21st minute, Sofia Huerta hit the cross bar from close range.
The Breakers return home on Wednesday, July 22 to host Chicago. The match will be held at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium on the campus of Harvard University at 7 p.m. ET. To purchase tickets, visit www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes … Katie Schoepfer tied Angela Hucles for second all-time in franchise history by making her 76th appearance tonight … Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher made her 70th start as a Breaker … The tie between the Breakers and Red Stars was the first in 16 meetings between the clubs. The Red Stars lead the overall series, 10-5-1 … The point earned on the road against the Red Stars was the first since July 25, 2010, when the Breakers beat Chicago, 3-1, at Toyota Park. Alyssa Naeher made eight saves in that match, which saw goals from Kelly Smith (two) and Ifeoma Dieke for the Breakers.
Match: Boston Breakers at Chicago Red Stars
Date: July 18, 2015
Venue: Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Stadium in Lisle, Ill.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny
BOS: Alyssa Naeher, Maddy Evans, Julie King, Kassey Kallman, Mollie Pathman, Amy Barczuk (Morgan Marlborough, 86), Katie Schoepfer, Bia (Lauren Lazo, 80), Kristie Mewis, Stephanie McCaffrey (Rafinha, 72), Kyah Simon
Subs not used: Jami Kranich, Rachel Wood
CHI: Karina LeBlanc, Taryn Hemmings, Abby Erceg, Samantha Johnson, Arin Gilliland, Lori Chalupny (Rachel Quon, 61), Vanessa DiBernardo, Danielle Colaprico, Alyssa Mautz (Adriana Leon, 67), Sofia Huerta, Jen Hoy (Shannon Boxx, 84)
Subs not used: Michele Dalton, Melissa Tancredi, Cara Walls, Michelle Lomnicki
GOALS 1 2 F
Boston (3-6-3) 0 1 1
Chicago (6-1-4) 0 1 1
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1 54 Chicago Lori Chalupny Taryn Hemmings
2 62 Boston Stephanie McCaffrey
SHOTS ON GOAL
BOS: Katie Schoepfer (caution, 63)
CHI: Adriana Leon (caution, 75)
Referee: Farhad Dadhko
Assistant Referees: Veronica Perez, Khalaf Al Latayfeh
Fourth Official: Edgar Osorio