(July 2, 2016) – The Boston Breakers dealt with a pesky Seattle attack Saturday night at Memorial Stadium and came up on the short end of a 2-0 game against Seattle Reign FC.
The Breakers (1-9-1, 4 points) had a couple chances in the early going. In the third minute, Australian Kyah Simon crossed to German international Eunice Beckmann from the corner. Beckmann got a foot on it, but the ball went just over the bar. Six minutes later, Beckmann was in the mix again. The former Bayern Munich forward took a free kick from 30 yards out, forcing Seattle goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer to make a diving save.
Seattle went ahead, 1-0, in the 14th minute. Japan international Nahomi Kawasumi finished a cross right in front of goal, giving the Reign the early lead.
The Breakers nearly leveled the match early in the second half, getting their best opportunity in the 55th minute when Beckmann turned on the ball inside the box and struck it with her left foot on goal, but a Seattle defender got a leg on it to deflect it out for a corner.
Seattle took a 2-0 lead in the 62nd minute on the second goal of the night from Kawasumi. This time, she hit it from just inside the box, just over the reach of Jami Kranich.
The Breakers finish up their four-game road trip on Sunday, July 10, at the expansion Orlando Pride. They return home on Sunday, July 17, (5 p.m. ET) to face Sky Blue FC. Tickets to all Boston Breakers home games can be purchased by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting www.breakerstickets.com.
Notes: … Defender Kassey Kallman is now the current leader in consecutive minutes played in the NWSL. With her 90 minutes tonight, Kallman has played 2,880 straight minutes, dating back to her rookie season at FC Kansas City in 2014 (including playoffs) … Rachel Wood earned her first start of the 2016 NWSL season … Keeper Jami Kranich matched a season-high with five saves.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Seattle Reign FC
Date: July 2, 2016
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Seattle, Wash.
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
SEA 1 1 2
SEA – Nahomi Kawasumi (Manon Melis) – 14’
SEA – Nahomi Kawasumi (Keelin Winters) – 62’
BOS: 2-Jami Kranich; 21-Christen Westphal (23-Brooke Elby, 75), 8-Julie King, 5-Kassey Kallman, 20-Mollie Pathman; 26-Angela Salem, 24-Rachel Wood, 10-Louise Schillgard; 9-Stephanie McCaffrey, 27-Eunice Beckmann (11-Brittany Ratcliffe, 67), 17-Kyah Simon (88-Katie Schoepfer, 87)
Subs not used: 1-Libby Stout, 19-Kristie Mewis, 22-Stephanie Verdoia, 3-Elise Krieghoff
Head Coach: Matt Beard
SEA: 28-Haley Kopmeyer; 7-Elli Reed, 4-Rachel Corsie, 13-Kendall Fletcher, 3-Lauren Barnes; 11-Keelin Winters (21-Michelle Cruz, 87), 10-Jess Fishlock, 8-Kim Little; 36-Nahomi Kawasumi, 14-Manon Melis (6-Lindsay Elston, 70), 17-Beverly Yanez
Subs not used: 19-Havana Solaun, 25-Kiersten Dallstream, Paige Nielsen, Andi Tostanoski
Head Coach: Laura Harvey
Stats Summary: BOS / SEA
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offside: 0 / 4
BOS – King (Yellow Card) 40’
BOS – Ratcliffe (Yellow Card) 72’
Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Assistant Referee 1: Cory Richardson
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Bermudez
Fourth Official: Seth Martin