(May 9, 2015) – The Boston Breakers and Chicago Red Stars played a scoreless first half, but the hosts scored three times in the second half to take a 3-0 win Saturday at Toyota Park in Naperville, Ill.
The Breakers were tested early, but fended off Chicago’s pressure and turned the momentum in their favor. Kristie Mewis nearly scored in both the 13th and 15th minutes. Her first attempt, from inside the 18, was stopped by Chicago keeper Michele Dalton. In the 15th minute, Rafinha played a ball over the top and into the box for Morgan Marlborough. Three Chicago defenders converged on Marlborough and managed to dispossess the first-year Breaker. However, the ball slid right out to Mewis at the top of the box. She struck a piercing shot on goal, one that Dalton tipped out.
Kristie Mewis takes a crack at it in front of goal (Photo Courtesy Chicago Red Stars)
Boston keeper Jami Kranich (six saves), in her professional debut, kept the game scoreless late in the first half. The former Villanova star made a diving stop on a blistering shot by Vanessa DiBernardo in the 39th minute. Kranich was tested immediately in the second half and tipped a shot by Sofia Huerta over the bar.
Chicago scored its first goal in the 56th minute when Huerta got in behind the Boston back line and beat Kranich, who came out to cut down the angle. Cara Walls made it a 2-0 game in the 70th minute, taking a pass from Huerta and hitting it off the underside of the crossbar. Huerta caused havoc again, scoring her second goal of the game in the 82nd minute for the 3-0 final
The Breakers return home Saturday, May 16 for a three-game homestand. They play Portland Thorns FC at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by games against Sky Blue FC (May 22) and FC Kansas City (May 30). To purchase tickets, visit www.breakerstickets.com.
Match: Boston Breakers at Chicago Red Stars
Date: May 9, 2015
Venue: Toyota Park, Naperville, Ill.
Kickoff: 5:25 p.m. ET
Weather: 60 degrees, sunny
BOS: Jami Kranich, Mollie Pathman, Kassey Kallman (C), Rachel Wood, Julie King (C), Amy Barczuk, Katie Schoepfer (C), Rafinha, Kristie Mewis (Suzane Pires 75’), Morgan Marlborough (Nkem Ezurike 66’), Stephanie McCaffrey (Stephanie Verdoia 79’)
Subs not used: Paige Burnett, Maddy Evans
CHI: Michele Dalton, Arin Gilliland, Samantha Johnson, Abby Erceg, Taryn Hemmings (Michelle Wenino 84’), Danielle Colaprico, Rachel Quon, Vanessa DiBernardo, Alyssa Mautz (Cara Walls 66’), Sofia Huerta, Jen Hoy (Kelley McCloskey 87’)
Subs not used: Monica Gonyo, Michelle Lomnicki, Jackie Esterkamp, Rachel Tejada, Lillie Toaspern
GOALS 1 2 F
Boston (1-3-0) 0 0 0
Chicago (3-0-1) 0 3 3
Goal Time Team Goal Scorer Assist
1 56 Chicago Sofia Huerta Vanessa DiBernardo
2 70 Chicago Cara Walls Sofia Huerta
3 82 Chicago Sofia Huerta Arin Gilliland
CHI: Samantha Johnson (caution) 22’
BOS: Julie King (caution) 39’
Referee: Margeret Domka
Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Cory Richardson
Fourth Official: Maggie Short