(April 16, 2017) – The Boston Breakers kicked off their 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season Sunday night in Kansas City and came up on the short end of a 2-0 game against the host Blues in front of 3,340 at Swope Soccer Village.
FC Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when Sydney Leroux received a ball from Becky Sauerbrunn and beat the outstretched arms of a diving Breakers keeper Abby Smith. The Blues tried doubling the lead seven minutes later, but Smith denied Amy Rodriguez, one-on-one in front of goal.
Twenty minutes into the match, the Breakers turned momentum in their favor and got off a series of shots. Unfortunately, FC Kansas City keeper Nicole Barnhart came up big each time. She stopped shots in the first half off the feet of Rosie White, Angela Salem, and Rose Lavelle.
Three minutes into the second half, Rodriguez gave the Blues a 2-0 lead, getting an assist from Shea Groom.
The Breakers had some chances in the second half, but Barnhart was there to end the threats. Lavelle served in a dangerous ball in the 65th minute, one that Barnhart picked out. Nearly 15 minutes later, Tiffany Weimer sent a sharp cross in late, one that was redirected by Allysha Chapman before hitting the bar.
The Breakers return to Boston on Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. ET for their 2017 home opener against Sky Blue FC. Tickets are available by calling 617-945-1704 or by visiting breakerstickets.com.
Notes: Tonight marked the first professional start and appearance for rookies Rose Lavelle and Margaret Purce … New Zealand’s Rosie White made her first NWSL start and appearance … Rookie forward Ifeoma Onumonu made her pro debut, coming on in the 63rd minute for Amanda Da Costa, and rookie midfielder Morgan Andrews also made her pro debut, coming on for Rosie White in the 81st minute … Goalkeeper Abby Smith made a career-high five saves.
NWSL Match Report
Match: Boston Breakers at FC Kansas City
Date: April 16, 2017
Venue: Swope Soccer Village, Kansas City, Mo.
Kickoff: 6:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy
1 2 F
BOS 0 0 0
KC 1 1 2
KC – Sydney Leroux (Becky Sauerbrunn) – 7’
KC – Amy Rodriguez (Shea Groom) – 48’
BOS: 14-Abby Smith; 2-Allysha Chapman, 4-Megan Oyster, 20-Christen Westphal, 21-Margaret Purce; 26-Angela Salem, 5-Amanda Da Costa (22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 63), 10-Rose White (25-Morgan Andrews, 81); 19-Adriana Leon (18-Tiffany Weimer, 73), 9-Natasha Dowie (C), 11-Rose Lavelle
Subs not used: 15-Sammy Jo Prudhomme, 3-Brooke Elby, 8-Julie King, 30-Kylie Strom
Head Coach: Matt Beard
KC: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 13-Brittany Taylor, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 10-Yael Averbuch, 31-Christina Gibbons; 1-Lo’eau Labonta, 6-Katie Bowen, 88-Alexa Newfield (3-Rebecca Moros, 73); 2-Shea Groom, 14-Sydney Leroux (44-Maegan Kelly, 78), 8-Amy Rodriguez (5-Brittany Ratcliffe, 58)
Subs not used: 19-Cat Parkhill, 22-Brianne Reed, 15-Erika Tymrak, 11-Desiree Scott, 7-Mandy Laddish
Head Coach: Vlatko Andovoski
Stats Summary: BOS / KC
Shots: 14 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 5 / 5
Corner Kicks: 5 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 1 / 0
BOS – Allysha Chapman (caution, 37’)
BOS – Rosie White (caution, 60’)
Referee: Christopher Spivey
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross
Assistant Referee 2: Brooke Mayo
Fourth Official: Jack Feldman