(May 27, 2017) – The Boston Breakers fell to Portland Thorns Saturday night, 2-0, in front of 18,637 at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
Despite falling behind two goals in the first half, the Breakers turned momentum in their favor in the second half, but were unlucky in their attempt to come back from the two-goal deficit.
Portland took a lead just under one minute into the game. A corner kick sent into the box by Nadia Nadim went to the back post and headed toward goal by Amandine Henry. Breakers defender Julie King tried flicking it away with her heel, but it went past keeper Abby Smith for an own goal to give Portland a 1-0 lead.
The Thorns took a 2-0 lead in the fifth minute when Henry took a shot from 20 yards out, just beating Smith to her left.
The Breakers defended well in the final 20 minutes of the first half to prevent a pair of goals. In the 27th minute, Portland threatened in the box, but Christen Westphal disrupted a dangerous pass from Emily Sonnett, ending a threat. In the 30th minute, Smith punched away a free kick from Nadim, and two minutes later, Smith made a pair of saves on successive headers by Christine Sinclair.
In the second half, the Breakers had a handful of chances, but were denied by Portland’s defending in the box.
In the 53rd minute, Natasha Dowie laid the ball off for Rose Lavelle, who got a shot off, one that look destined toward goal, but Sonnett slid to block it and clear it from danger.
In the 69th minute, King chipped a ball into the 18 for Dowie, but Portland keeper AD Franch came out to break it up. And in the 90th minute, Midge Purce pressured Portland in the corner, dispossessed the defense, and took a crack on goal, but Sonnett was there to block the attempt.
The Breakers remain on the road, heading to Orlando (June 3) and North Carolina (June 17) before returning home Saturday, June 24, at 4 p.m. ET to face North Carolina at Jordan Field. Tickets to all home games are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Forward Emilie Haavi made her NWSL debut tonight, notching her first start in the process … Defender and captain Julie King moved closer to second all-time in franchise appearances. Tonight marked her 94th appearance for the Breakers. She is just one back of Katie Schoepfer for second all-time and eight behind Kristine Lilly for most all-time.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at Portland Thorns FC
Date: May 27, 2017
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
Kickoff: 10:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
POR 2 0 2
POR – Own goal – Julie King – 1’
POR – Amandine Henry – 5’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 8-Julie King (C), 4-Megan Oyster, 20-Christen Westphal, 2-Allysha Chapman; 26-Angela Salem, 11-Rose Lavelle, 10-Rose White (25-Morgan Andrews, 62), 19-Adriana Leon (18-Tiffany Weimer, 72), 7-Emilie Haavi; 9-Natasha Dowie (21-Margaret Purce, 76)
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 3-Brooke Elby, 17-Amanda Frisbie, 22-Ifeoma Onumonu
Head Coach: Matt Beard
POR: 24-AD Franch; 16-Emily Sonnett, 4-Emily Menges, 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 20-Celeste Boureille; 28-Amandine Henry (27-Meghan Cox, 86), 7-Lindsey Horan, 10-Allie Long; 12-Christine Sinclair (26-Mallory Weber, 76), 9-Nadia Nadim (15-Kendall Johnson, 89), 21-Hayley Raso
Subs not used: 33-Brett Eckerstrom
Head Coach: Mark Parsons
Stats Summary: BOS / POR
Shots: 5 / 17
Shots on goal: 1 / 5
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offside: 1 / 2
BOS – Emilie Haavi (caution, 24’)
POR – Nadia Nadim (caution, 49’)
BOS – Christen Westphal (caution, 71’)
BOS – Allysha Chapman (ejection, 91)
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva
Assistant Referee 1: Chris Elliott
Assistant Referee 2: Alicia Messer
Fourth Official: Jason Perlewitz